Beowulf the Hero

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Beowulf The Hero

“… A fiend out of hell”(Heaney 100). These words describe the monster Grendel, who is truly an evil entity. Only an epic hero with strength, courage and confidence is able to defeat this mighty foe. This hero’s name is Beowulf. He displays all of these throughout the epic. Beowulf’s first epic hero trait is confidence. Beowulf displays confidence when he talked to Unferth in the great hall Heorot. Beowulf said, “…but he will find me different. I will show him how Geats shape to kill/ in the heat of battle” (601-603). Here Beowulf says that Grendel would not put a scratch on him or his men. Beowulf thinks that the Geat warriors are far superior to Grendel. This quote is somewhat over-confident because Beowulf has not
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Beowulf’s honor is also displayed when he is getting ready to fight Grendel Beowulf begins to strip himself of all his armor and weapons and then Beowulf states, …When it comes to fighting, I count myself as dangerous any day as Grendel./so it won’t be a cutting edge I’ll wield/to mow him down, easily as I might./He has no idea of the arts of war,/of shield or sword-play, although he does possess/a wild strength. No weapons, therefore,/for either this night: unarmed he shall face me/if face me he dares( 680-685).
This quote displays Beowulf’s honor because it shows that Beowulf does not want to use weapons or armor against Grendel because Grendel does not use weapons or armor himself, this shows that Beowulf wants to have a fair fight with Grendel. Because Beowulf was so honorable his people loved him and had great respect for him, when Beowulf lost his life to the fire dragon his people were in such shock and despair. So in order to honor him the Geats built a gigantic pyre bigger than any others in the past and piled it high with all of Beowulf’s treasures and armor, Beowulf’s funeral represents his successfulness as a king and ruler.
Beowulf displays strength, courage, and honor throughout the epic. Beowulf’s actions reflect these epic qualities by the characterizations in his battles with Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the fire dragon. The magnitude of Beowulf’s funeral directly reflects all of his accomplishments in his life. Beowulf did more than what

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