The Qualities Of Beowulf As An Epic Hero

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An epic hero is a human who is seen as a larger than life character. The heroes portray talents and intelligence that are far more advanced than any other human of that time. In Anglo- Saxon poems the skills most epic heroes are given contain strength, loyalty, and courage. In the past centuries, when a human being uses these abilities to complete quests or daily life activities, they are seen as an epic hero. One of the best examples of a human using these skills for quests is the almighty Beowulf. Using his gifted talents, the living prodigy completed many quests that are still remembered or read about by many people today. The quests of the hero gave the people of his time hope that humans can become as powerful as he was, hope that one day they could be as noble as the almighty Beowulf.

One of the legend’s most known skills he was given was his strength. In the poem, it is said when fighting Grendel that Beowulf elected to use no weapons at all and to take on the beast with just his own hands. As Grendel came into the room the almighty warrior kept his word and fought the beast with no weapons at all. He
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The Hero has given his people hope that they too can become as great of a man/warrior as he was. The reader’s even envision this as they read of Wiglaf come to the aid of his king against the dragon at the end of the poem. Wiglaf has learned the epic trait of loyalty from his leader. This example shows how Beowulf helped to push many people of the Anglo-Saxon Culture to become better than even they could have imagined. He has also taught the people that no matter what they receive or conquer, they should always give praise to their God. This almighty man should always be looked upon and remembered for giving people hope, never being selfish. Even today, people can use Beowulf to push themselves to new limits while always staying loyal and loving to the people around

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