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The Characteristics Of An Epic Hero Of Beowulf

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Beowulf has shown characteristics of an epic hero straight from the beginning of his journey to slay Grendel. Beowulf heard about the mysterious monster that the Geats were having trouble defeating. So, Beowulf decides to go out of his way to go talk to Hrothgar, King of Danes, about how he is strong and determined enough leader to slay the undefeatable monster once and for all. Being significant and glorified, having superior strength, being ethical, risking death, being strong and responsible leader, and performing brave deeds are all characteristics of an epic hero, which Beowulf shows through his travels. Beowulf’s characteristics of an epic hero can be followed throughout his battles and journeys from keeping the Geats safe and sound, such as being a strong and responsible leader, choosing right over wrong, and having superior strength.
Beowulf consistently shows he is a strong and responsible leader in all of his three of his battles and journeys. Before the battle with Grendel, Beowulf was in need of an army. Instead of separately picking warriors to come join him, people were volunteering to help Beowulf fight Grendel. People were willing to fight with him and not forced to shows how impressive of a leader Beowulf is. After the battle with Grendel’s mother, the warriors were waiting for Beowulf to show up to make sure he is okay before leaving. “With sturdy strokes the lord of the seamen/ To land came swimming, rejoiced in his spoil,/ Had joy of the burden he brought
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