Beowulf : An Epic Hero

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The story of Beowulf shows its reader many characteristics of why this Anglo-Saxon poem is an epic. First of all, Beowulf is a warrior of epic renown by the time he formally introduces himself in the poem. Next, Beowulf is the warrior that many strive to be in life. In addition, Beowulf finds himself tackling many quests that involve dangerous beasts, or as he might call them, demons. The next quality shown by Beowulf is his bravery and honor. The reader is able to easily identify this characteristic because of the multiple battles Beowulf undertakes throughout this Anglo-Saxon lyric. Finally, Beowulf’s death and burial signify his life, legacy, and the loyalty and respect that are given to him by his people.

Beowulf is an epic hero for many reasons, however, the most prominent characteristic that most may see at first is his status as a strong warrior. Beowulf had already acquired a resounding amount of fame from his achievements, and even more from his ancestral heritage. According to the text details, Beowulf is described as a man that is stronger than others. Some of those details include Beowulf ripping Grendel’s arm from his very socket and another detail includes how Beowulf was carrying, or dragging, Grendel 's mother 's head in which it took four average men to carry otherwise. In addition to Beowulf being stronger than other men, he is far taller than normal men. After looking at what makes Beowulf the warrior he currently is, the reader may look back…

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