By: Adriene Miller
“We can be heroes, we can be heroes, we can be heroes just for one day, we can be heroes.” – David Bowie
This quote means that we have the option to be hero's. If we want to be one and then we can achieve it. We decide our destiny by our work ethic. You can even do something for someone one time and be considered a hero to them. Some appreciate the littlest things because they make the bigger picture happen. In Beowulf, he is a hero, he sacrifices his own life at the end, knowing he is going to die he does it for the people. He showed bravery and kindness to others and he choose to do it. He decided he wanted to be a hero. He choose his own fate and he accomplished being a hero by sacrificing himself for others. This relates to my grandfather because he is a hero for going into war and sacrificing his life for others, he choose to put other peoples lives in from of his. He choose to be a hero.
Themes and Symbols
Fate- I picked fate because in the end of Beowulf he says " That famous prince fought with fate against him " meaning he knew he was dying while the fire hitting his shield was coming at him and he could have ran but he kept it there, he knew he was dying with purpose and thats all the mattered. My Grandfather knew going into the war that if he died he would die with purpose. He accepted whatever fate was coming towards him and that whats a hero does.
Deadly Battle- I choose this one because in Beowulf he knew what he was getting into when fighting the dragon. As soon as he said "The fire coming out of his mouth, hitting the shield and it slowly started to melt" from there on the dragon had won that fight. He went into the battle without using weapons because the dragon would not be using weapons even through the dragon has a lot more "deadly" aspects on him rather than an old man, he accepted it. This was a deadly battle because everyone knew someone was going to die when this happened and same with my Grandfather. He knew he could die, the Vietnam war was a deadly battle, they were fighting for their lives everyday and many lives were lost.