Lesson 1.03 Concept Syntheses Exploring the Hero - a/B

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Lesson 1.03 Concept Syntheses Exploring the Hero - A/B I chose Option A [Would Emerson consider Beowulf a hero?] I personally think that Emerson would consider Beowulf a hero. My reasoning behind this choice is, Self-Trust is the essence of heroism. It is the state of the soul at war, and its ultimate objects are the last defiance of falsehood and wrong, and the power to bear all that can be inflicted by evil agents. It speaks the truth, and it is just, generous, hospitable, temperate, scornful of small calculations, and scornful of being scorned. It persists; it is of a not intimidated boldness, and of fortitude not to be wearied out. The main characteristic of heroism is persistency. All men and women have random impulses of generosity. Heroes choose to abide by their role and stick with it. They do not try to reconcile themselves with the rest of the world. Times of heroism are generally times of terror, but that day never shines in which this element may not work. The circumstances of man, we say, are historically somewhat better in this country, and at this hour, than perhaps ever before. One of the best examples that I can think of is when Beowulf fought Grendel and won. He stood bravely infront of the monster Grendel, and fought gallantly to victory. Without that time of terror, Beowulf’s true colors of Heroism would not have shown. To sum up everything that I just said, I think that Emerson would consider Beowulf a hero due to all of the battles that he fought gallantly and won. Not once in the story did Beowulf show a sign of weakness, even without any armor, he still fought bravely and

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