By Iliana Diaz-Moreno

Words: Fate, Deadly battle, Bravery

Definition of a HERO:

- A person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

- (In mythology or folklore) a person of superhuman qualities and often semi divine origin, in particular one of those whose exploits and dealing with the gods were the subject of Ancient Greek myths and legends.

How was Beowulf a Hero?


-Beowulf comes to the assistance of the Danes (Scyldings) for complicated reasons. Certainly he is interested in increasing his reputation and gaining honor and payment for his own king back in Geatland. However, we soon learn that a major motivation is a family debt that Beowulf owes to Hrothgar. The young Geat is devoted to the old king because Hrothgar came to the assistance of Beowulf's father, Ecgtheow, years before.


-Another motivating factor for Beowulf — and a central theme in the epic — is reputation. From the beginning, Beowulf is rightly concerned about how the rest of the world will see him. He introduces himself to the Scyldings by citing achievements that gained honor for him and his king. When a drunken Unferth verbally assaults Beowulf at the first banquet, at issue is the hero's reputation. Unferth's slur is the worst kind of insult for Beowulf because his reputation is his most valuable possession. Reputation is also the single quality that endures after death, his one key to immortality. That's why Beowulf later leaves the gold in the cave beneath the mere, after defeating the mother, preferring to return with Grendel's head and the magic sword's hilt rather than treasure. He has and continues to amass treasures; his intent now is in building his fame.


-Beowulf never thinks twice about fighting the monsters that, until his arrival, he had done nothing but kill those who came before him.

What makes a hero? - Matthew Winkler


Definition of Fate:

-The development of events beyond a person's control, regarded as determined by a supernatural power. Be destined to happen, turn out, or act in a particular way.

Hunger Games: In the movie, and book, fate is demonstrated when Katniss volunteering to take her sisters place in the game leads to her becoming the symbol of the revolution. The "supernatural power" being the Capitol for creating the game, she couldn't decide or control her sister getting chosen and that is what lead to her fate.

Deadly Battle

Without some sort of challenge or obstacle there really can't be a hero, in the story of Beowulf he had to overcome Grendel, Grendel's mother, the dragon, and the worst foe of all, death. These conquests built up his legend and how he carried himself throughout these events attributed to his title of being a hero.

Hunger Games: Throughout the entire series, Katniss is faced with many challenges and quests that contribute to her also being a hero. It starts out when she begins providing for her family at an early age after her fathers death and constantly risking herself by crossing the fence, hunting, and adding her name multiple times into the Hunger Games in order to keep her family safe. The challenges get harder when she volunteers for her sister and has to ACTUALLY battle to the death against twenty three other tributes. Accompanying that is the subtle, not so subtle, love triangle she has to deal with and the traumatizing reality of witnessing teenagers murder themselves all on television. Her almost going through with a double suicide attempt could count as a challenge as well as having to pretend she's not crippled by the games and madly in love with Peeta, and still fighting feelings for Gale while continuing to provide for her family. There's also her becoming a reluctant symbol for a rebellion she's trying not to start and getting drafted back into the games only to cause the rebellion that ends the existence of her District. Closely following those obstacles is the temporary loss of the love of her life and the devastating loss of her sister, plus the betrayal of her could have been love, Gale, all on top of her fighting in a Civil War.


Definition of Bravery:

-The quality that allows someone to do things that are dangerous or frightening. The quality or state of being brave.

Urban Dictionary's version: Doing something that you know you will 99.9% fail, but you do it anyway. Going against everyone to protect a single man. Putting your life on the line to save some cowardly men from death. You do it because it's right. Not because you want people to honor you.

The Hunger Games: Katniss Everdeen demonstrates bravery when she becomes the first person in her District to volunteer for the games in an effort to protect her sister. Knowing the probability of her being the victor is low, she still takes Prims place. Throughout the game when Katniss and Peeta are taking shelter inside a cave, she puts herself in danger for his sake when she travels to the cornucopia and is attacked by Clove in order to get the medicine Peeta needs for his injury. After the games she must put on a brave face and appear in love and affiliated with the Capitol, this kind of strength is also used when she accepts the role as the Mockingjay and must appear strong and confident while really being scared and physiologically devastated. She faces death on multiple occasions and gives people hope and the symbol they need above her own needs.

Katniss Everdeen, A Romantic Hero



Song lyric: "And the hero comes along, with the strength to carry on, and you cast your fears aside and you know you can survive, so when you feel like hope is gone, look inside you and be strong, and you'll finally see the truth, that a hero lies in you."

- Mariah Carey


-Thoughts? A hero is meant to help other people overcome troubles and give them hope. She describes what a hero is supposed to do to other people, how a hero affects them and helps them grow to the point where they also become heroes, they face their fears and begin to also provide the same help. Ahero is supposed to show people what they can become and who they should try to be and what they should do.

Why? The hero was described as someone who serves others and is known for their strength of will, with courage to face what lies ahead and who looks towards others and attempts to help them help themselves.

Message? When the right person comes along, who has all the right characteristics, they will allow others to become the best that they can be while providing support, until they are able to do what they can and no longer need a hero because that's what they will be.


-The hero Beowulf is demonstrated throughout these lyrics in instances like when he travels to another kingdom in order to save them from the monster. Even though the act was for glory, his image gave off strength that encouraged other people to hope and look up to him, try and follow in his image. Also the fact that he has followers who swear to be by his side, Beowulf inspires them to be heroes as well and places within them the courage and loyalty he too possesses.


-The lyrics in the song describe a hero who helps other people by giving them strength, picking them up when it is needed, and teaching them to become/realize what they can do and become the heroes they always could have been. To me, that is basically the role of a mom. They take care of you, teach you right and wrong, and ultimately help you become the best version of you you can be, they raise you to become someone who could, in turn, do what they have done, which is what the lyrics perfectly describe.


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5. "Bravery." Urban Dictionary. Web. 24 Sept. 2015. <http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Bravery>.

6. "Katniss Everdeen, A Romantic Hero." YouTube. Web. 24 Sept. 2015. <http://youtu.be/S-4Cv2FKTFw>.

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