Concepts of Heroism Exploratory

You have explored Emerson’s concept of heroism in this lesson. How do his ideas align with the notes you took while reading Beowulf? Do you think Emerson would have called Beowulf a hero? Do you think Emerson’s hero could slay a monster like Grendel? Based on your reading of Emerson’s essay, Heroism, and Beowulf, select two characteristics identified by Emerson that you believe a hero must possess. Then, write an 8-10 sentence paragraph discussing how Beowulf reflects those traits through his words and actions. Be sure to include text evidence from both the essay and the story. In a second paragraph of 3-4 sentences, compare someone you know personally who displays Emerson’s characteristics of a hero. Include specific qualities or actions that embody the heroic characteristics.

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