Beowulf As An Epic Hero

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When discussing epic heroes, some of the more prominent ones that come to mind are Beowulf (from Beowulf), Hektor (from The Iliad), and Achilleus (also from The Iliad). These are all characters from literature who have displayed a multitude of the characteristics embodied in epic heroes. Each one of these literary figures has exhibited necessary traits needed to be considered an epic hero. Whether those traits are some of the common ones such as strength, honor, loyalty, perseverance, and bravery, or some of their own such as pride, intelligence, and morality. Whatever the case, these three have undergone difficulties and shown ties to the values held by their cultures within how they deal with issues. In this essay, I will attempt to…show more content…
Eventually, Grendel (the demon Beowulf was sent to kill) makes an appearance and battles Beowulf. Using possibly his greatest characteristic of strength, Beowulf defeats Grendel. This is seen in lines 814-817 where it states, “The monster’s whole body was in pain, a tremendous appeared on his shoulder. Sinews split and the bone-lappings burst. Beowulf was granted the glory of winning…” We really see the strength held by Beowulf in this line as he rips off Grendel’s arm thus making him the victor. In the story of Beowulf, there are also some cultural themes such as religion. Christianity at the time was being adapted to as this story was written, yet you already see it in some parts of the story. Such is the case in lines 685-688 where Beowulf states, “And may the Divine Lord in His kingdom grant the glory of victory to whichever side He sees fit.” This is not the only time religion is used in the writing, in fact it is found throughout. In lines 696-697 it’s said, “But the Lord was weaving a victory on His war-loom for the Weather-Geats.” Also in the line 710 Grendel is called (God-curse) yet another religious statement. Suffice to say religion is a common cultural element in the tale of Beowulf. You can see it often in the works entirety when read, showing the significance God played in the daily lives of the author(s). It was also very honored to be a

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