The Epic Of Beowulf As An Epic Hero

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Beowulf is an epic hero who has went through the hero’s journey. Amongst the warriors depicted in the poem, Beowulf emerges as the most heroic. He not only exudes the strength of a warrior, but also stands to fulfill his social obligations. An epic hero is someone who has superman qualities, who embodies the values of his society, and who is larger than life. During Beowulf’s journey he crosses a large lake and encounters a numerous amount of difficult challenges along the way. He is so determined to play his role as a leader, and is also ready to face his destiny and fate without a moment’s hesitation. During his epic journey he also displays many superhuman-like qualities. These qualities prove to be examples of how he embodies the values …show more content…
The story shows the audience how all the people lived under the protection and security of Beowulf and that once a mighty monster made his presence known, Beowulf had no other choice than to prove his braveness and willingness to fight so that everyone could recognize his heroic qualities. “Hrothgar’s men lived happily in his hall till the monster stirred, that demon, that fiend, Grendel, who haunted the moons, the wild, the marshes and made his home hell.” (Wiggin Grant). No one in Geatland ever sought any problems and everyone seemed to lived in peace and serenity. Beowulf provides help to his local people by protecting them from all the violence and danger that they come to face. For during this peaceful time in Greatland, a hulky overgrown monster decides to disrupt their tranquil lives and attack all people living there. “ A powerful monster, living down in the darkness growled in pain”(King Judy). When this horrific event occurs, it would last for a period of 12 years because no one would dare to intervene or risk their life to stop such a mighty creature. Another heroic trait Beowulf possesses is the ability to put his people 's welfare before his own. Beowulf 's uncle, King of the Geats, sends him as an emissary to help rid the Danes of the evil Grendel. Beowulf risks his own life for the Danes, asking help from no one. He realizes the dangers, but fears …show more content…
This heroism however is not something that he wanted to show physically, but he wanted them to come to know his inner strength as well. The pursuit he underwent to seek and kill Grendel and his mother shows true perseverance and the true strength he had to find within in himself to keep pushing forward until he was sure everyone would be able to live safe once again. Not only was he a persistent hero, but as mentioned in the story, he showed immortal qualities that only gods were believed to possess. The people looked up to him as a hero because of how indestructible and mighty he was. It seemed that no matter what obstacle he came across, he conquered it with little defeat. These qualities would hold no value if Beowulf didn’t take pride in his community. The community of those around him saw him as an epic hero, therefore, he embodied this and began to see himself as an epic hero as well. He felt it was his duty to protect those who took pride in having his as a valuable part of this community and he did whatever it took to keep everyone in it

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