Beowulf As A Hero

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A hero is not born; he is self-made with heroic qualities. What qualifies for making someone a hero? According to Merriam Webster, a hero is defined as: “ a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability”. Beowulf perfectly fits that definition of a hero. In Seamus Heaney Beowulf, Beowulf has everything it takes to be known as a hero. Some of Beowulf’s vital traits as warrior includes bravery, courage, honor, incredible physical strength, and the will to serve the people for the greater good. This poem is centered around him and that is all he needs to be portrayed as the hero he is.

Most heroes has legendary status and accomplishments behind their names. The narrator first introduces Beowulf by describing him as “ the mightiest man on earth, high-born and power…”, immediately painting him as a powerful noble warrior with immortality (line 197). Beowulf introduces himself - by his name and a bold claim- "....We are retainers from Hygelac's band. Beowulf is my name. …”, illustrating that Hrothgar acknowledges Beowulf based on his patrimony; he commends Beowulf as a soldier (lines 340-347). Even from his name meaning ,“bee/ bear wolf” from Old English,illustrating is strong and a warrior like a bear or wolf is toward their family (Campbell, 2017). Beowulf asserts a bold accomplishment during the description of his swimming contest: “Often, for undaunted courage,fate spares the man it has not already marked...”,

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