Beowulf: The Ultimate Hero


A hero is one who places himself or herself at risk for another by
performing great deeds of courage. Often in our society today, athletes
are looked up to as heros. Brett Favre is an excellent example of a modern
day hero. He is looked up to by many for his strength, leadership, and
success. While on the football field, he is willing to risk his "life" by
running the ball in when there is no one else to go to. Favre also gives
all of the glory to God. Whenever he has conquered another team, or made
the winning play, all praise is given to God. In the poem Beowulf,
translated by Constance B. Hieatt, Beowulf is an epic hero. An epic is a
"lengthy narrative poem which genealogizes and ...

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Hrothgar's kingdom help, but does
so because he wants to uses his God given strength to the best of his
ability. As soon as Beowulf heard of the troubles in this land he set sail
immediately. Beowulf continues to show his thankfulness by thanking God
for giving them safe travel across the sea. Beowulf is lead to Hrothgar
and offers him is "services."

"-Now sit down to the feast, and, in due time, listen to lays of warriors'
victories, as your heart may prompt you. (15)

Beowulf is asked by the warriors to tell of his past defeats while eating
in Hrothgar's palace. Beowulf is already a hero to the people of this land
for he is about to rid them of their enemy. The warriors are anxious to
here what he has done and what he plans to do to Grendel. Here Beowulf
"puts on his running shoes" and runs through his battle plan mentally just
as any great athlete would do before a big meet. As the Banquet continues,
Hrothgar thanks Beowulf, and promises him great treasure if he ...

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throughout the world that
Beowulf is the strongest man alive and is a proven hero. It is the
characteristics of agelessness and dedication that sets him apart from the
other warriors, and makes him a truly heroic individual.
Beowulf may have defeated Grendel, but his fighting days are not
yet over. For Grendel's Mother is about to seek revenge.
Another one of Beowulf's heroic deeds of kindness is seen when he
goes after Grendel's mother even though that was not a part of the original
"deal." Hrothgar is beside himself. "Anguish has descended on the Danes."
(36) The king begs Beowulf to help him once again. Hrothgar is extremely
upset by the death of his friend Aeschere. His speech ...

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