Essay on Beowulf As An Epic Hero

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An epic hero is often described as the big hero in a story or reading and is also the main character. They often illustrate great qualities including strength, determination, and bravery. Heroes are said to always have a quest, sometimes more than one, and they most likely have helpers or assistants helping them through these quests. During these quests, the evil characters always seem to be after the hero. They must show the qualities of a hero or they would not be able to accomplish their quests thoroughly. In the story “Beowulf,” Beowulf was able to prove himself as an epic hero. He was able to show his heroism through many different battles, including the battle with the dragon, Grendel, and Grendel’s mother.

Beowulf is treated as the Anglo-Saxon hero. Before Beowulf was a leader, Grendel attacked the mead-hall, killing many civilians. When Beowulf heard of the tragedy associated with Grendel, a great big monster, he was outraged. He wanted to fight Grendel because he had brought pain and agony on so many others. Beowulf wanted him to know how it felt to have everything ripped away from him. Grendel was considered to be a smart killer, so Beowulf thought there was no way he could do this on his own. Beowulf says, “That I alone and with the help of my men, May purge all evil from this hall” (lns 260-261). He started looking for the strongest and bravest men in his kingdom, and he eventually picked fourteen men overall to set out on this long journey to…

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