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
good of others.

Beowulf is a hero in the eyes of his fellow men through his amazing
physical strength. He fought in ...

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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 life. After Beowulf had served his
people as King of the Geats for fifty years, he goes to battle one last
time to fight a horrible dragon who is frightening all of his people.
Beowulf is old and tired but he defeats the dragon in order to protect his
people. Even in death he wished so secure ...

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