Beowulf: An Archetypal Epic Hero

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Darian Aker

Mr. Tate

English IV

27 September, 2017

Beowulf Essay

In this epic, the main character, Beowulf, faces many horrendous monsters. However, as the reader, and the interpreter, I am asked to explain how Beowulf portrays the qualities of an archetypal epic hero. After reading of his battles, his character displays great acts of courage, intelligence, and strength, while warriors revel as Beowulf defeats the creatures.

Following his battles, Grendel and Grendel’s mother, Hrothgar and his men celebrate and thank him for his acts of bravery with many cherished gifts. Beowulf is also glorified as his people construct a barrow in his memory. As his acts are significant, Beowulf is glorified for bringing peace to Hrothgar’s people.
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