Beowulf: A Hero


There are many qualities which may be attributed to a hero. Many of these are evident in the title character of the great epic Beowulf. Among this hero's greatest characteristics are bravery, courage, and nobility. The hero colorfully demonstrates each of these characteristics throughout the epic.
Beowulf's bravery was demonstrated numerous times, both happening in the past and is being retold, or is actually happening throughout the epic. For instance, when Beowulf speaks of his swimming match with Brecca, he tells how they both had boasted of being the greatest swimmers, and to prove it, both swam across the sea. What demonstrates bravery in this tale is how Beowulf stayed by ...

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with a sword or any other weapon, but with his bare hands, the same as Grendel. He then wrestles with Grendel without the aide of any of his men, one on one with the monster, and tears off one of Grendel's arms. This certainly demonstrates great courage on the part of Beowulf.
Beowulf also demonstrates a very noble character. He is gracious, loyal, and above all truly valorous. Beowulf, should he have wished it, most likely could have taken Hrothgar's place as king of the Danes. He had proven his worthiness and in some ways, that he was better than Hrothgar by ridding his kingdom of the evil threat. But rather than seeking Hrothgar's throne, Beowulf sought only to serve Hrothgar and collected his reward and returned to his home, the land of the Geats. Beowulf also dies for his kingdom, something Hrothgar was not willing to do. This also demonstrates his magnificent valor.
Throughout Beowulf, the message of what a hero truly is resounds. To me, that message was that a ...

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