The Epic Hero Of Beowulf

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An epic hero is someone who is of great importance, they have supernatural abilities, have some form of connection with the Gods, and accomplish great deeds. In Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney, Beowulf is the epic hero in his tale and he is considered great by those who know of his life. There are two versions of his story which portrays him in a certain way. The video version does not do its best to portray him as an epic hero but instead show that he is a liar, a womanizer, and a coward. The written version does not portray him as such, it portrays him as someone who is strong, brave, and fearless. The written version best portrays Beowulf as an epic hero by showing his actions involving superhuman deeds in battle.
Beowulf’s first battle that portrayed his supernatural ability was with Grendel, a monster who has been plaguing Hrothgar’s kingdom. He comes at night and wreaks havoc upon the kingdom, killing the men who dare destroy him. Beowulf hears of the stories about Grendel and decides to take a journey to Heorot, to free Hrothgar of the monster. Hrothgar let him in with open arms because he knew of his ancestry and he settled the debts that his father left behind, “he knows your ancestry; also that he welcomes you here to Heorot,” (lines 392-3). That night after Beowulf arrived, he stripped off his armor because he did want to face this battle with Grendel having armor and weapons. He decided that he would fight him bare handed, “And the Geat placed complete…

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