Epic Poem Essay: Beowulf As An Epic Hero

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In an epic poem, there is always a hero. This hero is someone that goes on a journey for some purpose, whether it is to answer a question or fight in battle. Usually the epic hero’s death is emminent. In Beowulf, the Anglo Saxon epic poem, the epic hero is Beowulf. Beowulf goes to a land where there are struggling people. King Hrothgar and his people are suffering because the men of the country are being slaughtered be Grendal, a monster of the dark that comes in the night to slay for sport. Once Beowulf kills the monster Grendal, more terror arises, yet he seeks out the cause and slays the she-wolf too. In the end of the poem, but many years later, Beowulf seeks out his fame by slaying a dragon that is guarding treasure, but even though the …show more content…
Grendal is a monster that comes in the dark of the night to slay the men of King Hrothgar’s kingdom. No matter how far the men go, no matter how hard they try to hide, Grendal finds them and kills them. The people and Hrothgar are terrified because the slaying never ceases and no one is able to fight the monster that is killing for sport. Beowulf hears of these terrifying events and how the people, as well as their king, are suffer in grief and are horrified every night because of fear of being killed by the monster. Even though the creature Grendal is terrifying and they say no one can match him in a fight to slay him, Beowulf goes to the land of the Geats to seek out Grendal and end the suffering of King Hrothgar and his people. Beowulf is very brave to do such a thing, especially with how vicious the monster is, having fun killing just to kill and terrify. But Beowulf’s bravery pays off because he is able to slay the beast and free the kingdom from …show more content…
In the end the epic poem Beowulf, the now king of his own land, Beowulf, set forth to prove his strength by fighting a dragon. Considering his age, this act was very brave of him because it was a very strong possibility he could lose to the dragon, meaning he would have led himself to his own death. Beowulf wanted to be remember, he wanted fame more than anything else, and what would be better to be remembered for than slaying a fire breathing dragon guarding treasure? At the time Beowulf decided to slay the dragon, he was an old man, making him even braver than before because he is not as strong as he once was. With the help of his cousin, Beowulf was able to defeat the dragon, but the victory was not enough to save the king from his battle wounds and he died. Yet he was remembered by his people as they followed through with his request of building a lighthouse in his honor so he could safely lead those at sea to

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