The Presence Of An Epic Hero In Beowulf By Burton Raffel

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An essential part of epic poems is the presence of an epic hero who is a larger that life character and loved by his people. Burton Raffel’s translated version of the epic poem, Beowulf is about the battles of a Geatish warrior named Beowulf. Beowulf defeats multiple grotesque monsters, some of which afflict pain on humans and kill them. In his final battle with a dragon, Beowulf dies, but he ends up earning a great amount of glory and honor. Throughout the story, people see Beowulf as savior from vicious beasts. The poem Beowulf contains an epic hero, Beowulf, whose personality and actions reflect the characteristics of an epic hero because he is a braggadocio and exhibits superhuman strength and courage.
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