Beowulf : The Epic Hero

960 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
What do Achilles, King Arthur, Harry Potter, and Beowulf all have in common? They all demonstrate the qualities of epic heroes. Beowulf represents several characteristics of an epic hero and demonstrates the values of the Anglo-Saxons. He is the main character of his story, he has a main goal, he travels and fights with a group of people, and he accomplishes many valorous deeds; the values of the Anglo-Saxons are also shown through the actions of Beowulf, such as courage, loyalty, and fame. For example, when Beowulf heard a cry for help in a far off land, he answered. He fought larger than life monsters, and won. His exceptional strength proves his epic courage and heroism.

One way in which Beowulf represents the characteristic of an epic hero is he is the main character of the story. In every challenge presented, Beowulf is the one that solves the challenge; nearly every single passage is regarding his adventures. He also has a main goal, for instance, in the passage where Beowulf ventures to Denmark and speaks to the Danish watchman, he states that he has heard of a monster that plagues Herot and wishes to drive it out. Also, in the section The Coming of Beowulf, Beowulf states, “I, alone and with the help of my men,/ May purge all evil from this hall,” (ln. 260-261). This is Beowulf in the process of establishing his goal to overthrow Grendel without the use of weapons and with the aide of his men. Again, at the end of the section The Monsters’ Lair, it…

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