Beowulf, Epic Hero

In your opinion, what characteristics makes an epic hero in a story? Is it someone who can defeat many enemies? Or is it someone of great nobility? In the poem Beowulf, Beowulf is the obvious hero in this story. What makes him so great is his “fear nothing” attitude, as well as his nobility and leadership. He has many loyal men that would die for him, because he gives them something to live for, a better life style. So therefore this is what makes Beowulf one of the greatest “hero’s” in literature.
To find courage in a person these days is hard to come by. A lot of people are afraid of various things, and to be fearless is quite an honorable characteristic in one’s personality, although ...

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Beowulf. Beowulf grasped his arm and sat up. The criminal knew he had not met in this middle-earth another with such a grip”(ch. 4). At this point Grendel was afraid of who this man was. Just the courage not to run away, but to fight the beast, Beowulf proved himself to be a courageous man.
Another trait that comes with courage is being noble. To be noble, one has to take risks on his own behalf to save the suffrage of others, because he wants to. Beowulf had killed many monsters before, but this was for his own safety, like the one’s he fought in the sea. But Grendel was a monster that was eating his men and Beowulf was not taking that too well. "’We have done this work of valor against the strength of an uncanny foe. I wish you might have seen this enemy killed in his gear. I planned to bind him quickly to his deathbed with hand grips. I thought I could pin him down struggling for life without his body's escape...’” (Ch. 5). Beowulf had planned to do away with this evil beast, ...

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