The Epic Of Beowulf By William Shakespeare Essay

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Beowulf is an epic poem believed to be written around 1000 A.D. by an unknown author. This work was translated from Old English to be read today as a famous work. In this poem, the protagonist, Beowulf, is faced with a challenge upon arriving in Denmark. Grendel, a huge monster, is terrorizing the land and Beowulf agrees to kill him. After he defeats Grendel, Grendel 's mother seeks revenge and the hero must dive into the depths of the lake where his mother resides. Beowulf narrowly escapes capture, kills Grendel 's mother, then returns home to Geatland. After many years the ruler of these people, Beowulf’s uncle, dies and Beowulf takes over as king. In his old age, a dragon begins to terrorize his people because his treasure was stolen from his lair. Although he was wrinkled and old Beowulf climbs to the dragon’s lair, and with help, defeats the dragon. In killing the dragon, Beowulf’s journey ends with his death. The protagonist of this poem, has many qualities that make him an epic hero. As defined by Dictionary.com, an epic hero is “a brave and noble character in an epic poem, admired for great achievements or affected by grand events.” Beowulf is brave and fearless in his journey; he portrays all of the qualities of an epic hero. According to Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, Beowulf is more than worthy the title of an epic hero.
To begin, this epic hero’s journey starts in his normal life, in this case, Geatland. In the first stage of the monomyth that Beowulf begins,…

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