Beowulf Is An Epic Hero Essay

819 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
Beowulf is an epic hero and an Anglo- Saxon hero for many different reasons. Other than Beowulf being the central character and presenting himself larger than life, he also is the definition of a hero. When one defines a hero with the values of Anglo- Saxons, the hero would be defined as a man with extraordinary qualities, be honorable, and show bravery. The hero would also have a sense of duty, which in this case means being devoted to one’s people. Beowulf is shown as a hero with extraordinary strength. Along with the quality of extraordinary strength, Beowulf is an epic hero because he made his purpose in life to help others. Because of his dedication to his purpose, Beowulf eventually sacrifices his own life to help his people. Knowing he will not make it out alive. Sacrificing himself so his people can live shows one that Beowulf is honorable and brave. The strength and courage shown during his battles are the qualities that help show one Beowulf is an epic Anglo Saxon hero. Beowulf was born the son of a soldier, and defiantly lives up to being a hero himself.

Beowulf has previously defeated two other people. But his battle with the dragon shows us the most heroism. Dragons can not be killed by just anyone; it takes a great man. No other man has dared do what Beowulf had done. The poem mentions to us that it takes a great man, even if it meant losing one’s life, to kill a dragon. Others have bailed out, or backed off, but Beowulf defeated lost his life in the…

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