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Heroic Characteristics of Beowulf

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Austin White

on 9 May 2014

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Heroic Characteristics of Beowulf
Heroic Characteristics
The main characteristics of an epic hero that Beowulf shows is brave deeds, he is a strong and responsible leader, risks his life for the greater good of his people and his kingdom, has a great amount of courage, his inhuman strength, and his faith and gratitude.
Strong and responsible leader
Beowulf stepped up for his people and his men and risked his own life to defeat the dragon. He sacrificed his own life so that his people could live peacefully again.
Beowulf’s courage comes from his ability to fight on, even after all but one of his men abandon him at his final battle. Beowulf is left dying, but he does not try to escape but he sits and waits for his end. Beowulf sits awake in uncertainty of what comes in the depths of the everlasting night. This shows that Beowulf has a lot of courage.
Beowulf risks his life for the greater good of his people and his kingdom
Brave deeds
Beowulf swims against Brecca. Beowulf is dragged to the bottom of the sea by a monster. He ends up killing nine monsters during this.
Beowulf without armor
Beowulf kills Grendel. He does this without any armor.
Beowulf kills Grendel's mother.
Beowulf also kills the dragon. Even tho his men left him and he still attempted to battle.
Beowulf stepped up and called his men together and convinced them to battle when they were needed.
He is also full of fear, but with courage he is able to control this fear.
He thought more about his people than he thought about himself.
Beowulf fights for those who are not his people, but he fights as if the people of Herot were his own.
Also when Beowulf fights the dragon, he sees the great amount of treasure as a win for his people.
Inhuman strength
Beowulf is able to defeat Grendel who is much bigger than he is and rips his arm completely off.
He is also able to defeat Grendel’s mother. She is about to defeat him but then he finds a sword. He uses the sword to decapitate Grendel's mother and to behead the corpse of Grendel
Faith and gratitude
Beowulf is a man of deep personal faith. Before his battle he offers a prayer. After the fight with the monster, he gives credit to God, who, He says has allowed him to kill the monster
Beowulf is defined by his strength, courage, his sense of honor and loyalty, and by his religious faith.
Works Cited
“Beowulf.” Sparknotes. Context.sparknotes.com. 5 September, 2013. Web. 24 April, 2014

Beowulf. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Paramount Pictures Warner Bros. Entertainment, 2007. Film.

Gates, Patrick. “Beowulf Characteristics.” Beowulf Notes. 9 September, 2011. Web. 24 April, 2014

Marshall, Elizabeth Henrietta. The Story of Beowulf. New York: Dover Publications, 2007. Paperback

Nye, Robert. Beowulf, A New Telling. Random House Childrens Books, 2007. Paperback

“Grendel was the name of this grim demon haunting the marches, marauding round the heath and the desolate fens; he had dwelt for a time in misery among the banished monsters, Cain's clan, whom the creator had outlawed and condemned as outcasts. For the killing of Abel the Eternal Lord had exacted a price Cain got no good from committing that murder because the Almighty made him anathema and out of the curse of his exile there sprang ogres and elves and evil phantoms and the giants too who strove with God time and again until He gave them their reward”
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