Example Of Bravery In Beowulf

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Theme is the matter of a subject within a piece of writing. Throughout this essay examples of mesopotamian literature, old english poetry and ancient greek literature are brought up. The central theme throughout all these epics is bravery. I chose bravery because each one of these characters risks their lives to save others. The ability to take on life threatening battles is an extreme form of bravery. Character traits are important to literary elements because they help the reader get an understanding of who they are reading about. Beowulf is a part of a medieval tribe called the Geats (Shmoop… Beowulf), he is represented as a heroic figure who puts everyone else’s safety before his own. He was willing to risk his life in order to save the city of Herot from the evil monster Grendel, who feeds off of the citizens. “That mighty protector of men Meant to hold the monster till its life Leaped out” (Beers #23). In this excerpt from Beowulf, Beowulf is fighting the monster Grendel in the town of Herot. He is risking his life to save all the citizens he possibly can from this monster who tortures this town daily. “Grendel escaped, But wounded as he was could flee to his den, Only to die, to wait for the end Of all his days.” (Beers #24). Beowulf was able to defeat Grendel after putting up a hard fight. Grendel flees from Herot back to his home to die. The morning after the victory the townspeople cheered on Beowulf (Shmoop… Beowulf) for saving them and honored his bravery for

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