Why Is Beowulf Considered A Hero?

983 Words May 24th, 2016 4 Pages
Ja’Quan Harris
Mrs. Joyner
English IV
08 ,May 2016 Why is Beowulf considered a hero?

Beowulf, an epic hero of his time, has some people that don’t think he should be considered a hero, but I think otherwise. He killed many monsters, and creatures from various places, saving the people who live(d) there, and this is the definition of a hero, “a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.” That definition really describes Beowulf because of the outstanding things he had done. He has killed several monsters, from the air to the sea, and won many battles.Many epics have been wrote about and talk about. But, the epic of Beowulf has always stayed as one of the main topics of a heroic epic. This always brings an unavoidable question to mind. Why is Beowulf considered a hero?
There are 4 noble heroic qualities every hero has which Beowulf possesses and they are; courage, selflessness, patience, and care. The first, of course, is courage, and there was not a single part in the epic story where Beowulf did not show anything but courage until the end, but still died showing it. He was a fearless man who killed several monsters and creatures with nothing but his courage and brute strength. In his final battle, Beowulf stated, “I’ve never known fear, as a youth I fought in endless battles, I am old, now, but I will fight again,...” (Prentice Hall, 52). In that quote from the story, Beowulf tells…

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