Beowulf Characteristics

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Beowulf, the main character of this short story, is considered a hero during this time period. He was the only man who was strong enough to kill all the bad monsters, stopping them from murdering the people, and driving them out of their town for good. The unstoppable monsters that have been killing for years, Beowulf stopped, which was no small deal. For that, everyone respected and admired him because of his strength and hero-like actions. Beowulf is a hero and everything he does in the story supports it.
Beowulf’s personality portrays large amounts of persistence. He knew he was abnormal in his ability to fight. So he went out, traveled across the sea, and fought the big, bad monster that had been terrorizing hundreds of people throughout the dark of each and every night. "In his far-off home Beowulf, Higlac’s Follower and the strongest of the Geats -- greater and stronger than anyone anywhere in this world -- heard how Grendel filled the nights with horror and quickly commanded a boat fitted out, proclaiming that he’d go to that famous king, would sail across the sea to Hrothgar, now when help was needed.” (Beowulf 36)
Although he most probably had doubts and fears towards defeating Grendel, the monster, he still went out and took a chance to save many lives, for the greater good. Again, showing his heroic tendencies and the need to risk his life for others. “My hands alone shall fight for me, struggle for life against the monster. G-d must decide who will be given to

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