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Beowulf An epic Hero

The epic poem Beowulf describes the most heroic man of the Anglo-Saxon times. The
hero, Beowulf, is a seemingly invincible person with all the extraordinary traits required of a hero.
He is able to use his super-human physical strength and courage to put his people before himself.
He encounters hideous monsters and the most ferocious of beasts but he never fears the threat of
death.His leadership skills are superb and he is even able to boast about all his achievements.
Beowulf is the ultimate epic hero who risks his life countless times for immortal glory and for the
Beowulf is a hero in the eyes of his fellow men through his amazing physical strength.He
fought in numerous battles and returned victorious from all but his last.In his argument with
Unferth, Beowulf explains the reason he “lost” a simple swimming match with his youthful
opponent Brecca.Not only had Beowulf been swimming for seven nights, he had also stopped to
kill nine sea creatures in the depths of the ocean.Beowulf is also strong enough to kill the
monster Grendel, who has been terrorizing the Danes for twelve years, with his bare hands by
ripping off his arm.When Beowulf is fighting Grendel’s mother, who is seeking revenge on her
son’s death, he is able to slay her by slashing the monster’s neck with a Giant’s sword that can
only be lifted by a person as strong as Beowulf.When he chops off her head, he carries it from
the ocean with ease, but it takes four men to lift and carry it back to Herot mead-hall.This
strength is a key trait of Beowulf’s heroism.
Another heroic trait of Beowulf is his ability to put his peoples welfare before his own.
Beowulf’s uncle is king of the Geats so he is sent as an emissary to help rid the Danes of the evil
Grendel.Beowulf risks his own life for the Danes, asking help from no one. He realizes
the dangers but fears nothing for his own

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