Character Analysis Of Beowulf

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Over the course of a lifetime, time’s greatest power lies within its ability to evolve different aspects of our lives. In Beowulf, our epic hero, Beowulf, experiences a significant change of character; he begins as a humble warrior, and develops into a well-respected and powerful king. However, previous kings, such as King Hrothgar, rose to the throne due to their noble statuses in addition to the standardized succession of power in early British history. The stark contrast between these two notable kings remains that Beowulf first played the role as a valuable and principle warrior, a true epic hero, while King Hrothgar did not. Beowulf exhibited characteristics of loyalty and strength, among many others; however, were these character…show more content…
With his outward expression of this select trait, the people will have a repertoire to expand their trust upon. One way for him to exercise his confidence is through his physical appearance. In the beginning of the poem, the readers are introduced to a younger warrior, named Beowulf. With his “decorated shields … shirts of mail … and cheek-hinged helmets and javelins” (335-336), Beowulf is vividly depicted as an experienced, vigorous warrior dedicated to protecting his king and his people. With this clear show of dedication, Beowulf is able to initially set a precedent for his people with regards to his confidence as a warrior. However, confidence must also be displayed through words and actions. Beowulf accomplishes this when he is confronted by Unferth. At first skeptical, and somewhat jealous, of Beowulf’s immediate glorification, Unferth comes forward to verbally challenge and question Beowulf’s capabilities in defeating Grendel. Beowulf remains calm in the attacks extorted, and confidently responds: “He [Grendel] knows he can trample down you Danes to his heart’s content, humiliate and murder without fear of reprisal. But he will find me different. I will show him how Geats shape to kill in the heat of battle” (599-603). His confidence in defeating a terrifying monster that had never been vanquished by the

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