Essay on Beowulf : An Epic Hero

1045 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Beowulf is characterized as an epic hero by possessing qualities in which common mortals lack, battling for the common good, and displaying honor in every act. An epic hero is the central character in an epic, a long narrative poem that recounts the adventures of a legendary hero in pursuit of a goal. According to Jankowski, “Understanding the significance of Beowulf 's acts requires an understanding of the key figures in the epic poem” (1). Epics have been used to preserve values and traditions. They are a rich resource for exploring the history and values of different world cultures. The epic hero character is a larger-than-life figure who is typically of noble birth. An epic hero uses his/her courage, skill, and virtue against opposing forces. Occasionally, epic heroes have to be hidden and raised not knowing who he/she is, in order to protect their powers.

Beowulf possesses qualities in which common mortals lack. Beowulf has bravery beyond compare, extraordinary intelligence, superhuman strength and skills, a strong sense of duty, and a driving devotion to find success. His heroic qualities are courage, loyalty, wisdom, and physical strength. Beowulf displays these qualities in the Old English epic poem named after him. As a hero of the Geats, Beowulf does valorous deeds by providing aid to Hrothgar, King of the Danes. Hrothgar 's mead hall, or feasting hall, has been attacked by Grendel and his mother. Grendel is a powerful and evil monster who descended from Cain.…

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