Compare And Contrast Beowulf And The American Sniper

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Beowulf and the American Sniper Billy Boardman 6th Period February 4, 2015 Mr. Reno The classic hero possesses the qualities of strength, moral ethics, and, above all, must fight against evil. These characteristics applied in the time of Beowulf and still apply today. However, humility has become a desired quality in modern times, whereas self-confidence to the point of arrogance was a favorable attribute in the time of Beowulf. Despite the differences, similarities between the Anglo-Saxon hero and modern day hero can be seen through the comparison of Beowulf and Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American military history. Beowulf and Kyle both possess the heroic quality of strength but vary in the form of their might. Beowulf swims for seven days in a race with Breca and loses the race because he decided to stop and fight nine sea-monsters along the way. He demonstrates his strength again in his clash with Grendel. Beowulf tears off Grendel’s arms using his bare hands because Grendel’s hide could not be pierced by any blade. Beowulf had to fight Grendel because he was threatening the lives of all of the other warriors in the hall and would have slaughtered many men that night. Kyle, on the other hand, is incredibly effective with his long rifle in dispatching his enemies. He took one the longest shots…show more content…
Kyle would wait until the absolute last second before killing any Iraqi because he had to be sure that the person in the scope was in fact malicious towards the soldiers on the ground. Kyle refused to have innocent blood on his hands and went to great lengths to verify every shot he took. Chris Kyle and Beowulf share a similar set of morals that define their actions. They both are not bloodthirsty killers but rather are men who use killing as a tool to protect the people in their care. They refused to allow the perception of any of their kills being murder to fester during their

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