Supernatural Qualities Of Beowulf

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Throughout the epic of Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney, Beowulf exhibits all the traits of an epic hero, but the most astonishing quality is supernatural strength. During the fight with Grendel, Beowulf displays absurd vitality throughout his battle. For example, Beowulf exhibits his superpower by tearing the arm of Grendel. In the text, Beowulf has profound strength by tearing apart Grendel’s arm from his shoulder, “ Hygelac’s kinsman kept him helpless/ locked in a handgrip… The monster’s whole body/ was in pain, a tremendous wound/ appeared on his shoulder” (Heaney 812-816). Nonetheless, Beowulf 's strength is remarkable, because Beowulf is capable of tearing apart the arm of an monster who murdered thirty men during his first appearance at the mead hall. Not only that, no mere mortal is capable of slaughtering the villainous fiend that haunts the mead-hall, nor possesses the fortitude to challenge the beast. Furthermore, Beowulf reveals his might by crushing the bones of Grendel. During his fight with Grendel, Beowulf is capable of crushing Grendel's bone, "Every bone in his body/ quailed and recoiled, but he could not escape" (Heaney 753-755). Therefore, this feat is astonishing since bones are considered one of the strongest structures in the human body, and he presents his powers by shattering the bones of the malevolent demon, Grendel. Additionally, Beowulf displays his vigor by defeating Grendel with his bare hands despite Grendel unable to be wounded by
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