Epic Hero In Beowulf

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When we think of a hero we usually think of Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman because these are modern versions of power, strength, and justice that we see today. Heroes are often characterized as huge, strong people that help you when you are in need. The epic poem Beowulf describes an Anglo-Saxon hero with all of the qualities that a true hero has: strength, courage and determination. The language, ideas and traditions of the poem do belong in the middles ages, but as a work of art it's still relevant to us today because we get to learn from it.. The poem reveals to us the wonders of human imagination such as heros, monsters, epic battles and it helps us explore the human values of medieval times.
The poem itself is difficult to understand
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Beowulf was said to have “the strength of thirty men in his mighty hand grip.” Mostly in every epic story the hero is often tested in some way in order to prove his strengths and his abilities. Beowulf is tested countless times through the monster he as to defeat. In the poem he's confronted multiple times by supernatural monsters and supernaturals are normal in epics and Beowulf is included. Being a hero it's often they will experience their lowest points of their lives. Beowulf's lowest point was when he's fighting Grendel's mother and his sword is not able to do any damage but then brakes. Even though he went through some obstacles he was able to overcome them and from overcoming his obstacles he was able to gain back his glory from defeating grendel and his mother. Not only had Beowulf been swimming for seven nights, he had also stopped to kill nine sea creatures in the depths of the ocean. Beowulf is also strong enough to kill the monster Grendel with his own hands by ripping off his arm. When Beowulf is fighting Grendel’s mother, he is able to slay her by cutting the monster’s neck with a sword that can only be lifted by him. When he cuts off her head, he carries it from the ocean, but it takes four men to lift and carry it back. This strength is a key trait of Beowulf’s

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