Beowulf Characteristics

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Beowulf is an epic hero, possessing many traits, including bravery, strength, courage, and a desire to achieve immortality through heroic actions, and so forth. Beowulf implies many of these qualities in the story. He also reflects both Pagan and Christian traditions.
In a kingdom called Herot, many men lived happily ruled by the king Hrothgar. The only thing that would get in the way of their happiness and joy was the monster named Grendel. Grendel lived under the earth, hateful and forged in slime. Grendel was a monster born of Cain, banned by God for the murderous death of his brother Abel. Grendel attacked at night, when the men were asleep. The only survivors were the ones who ran away.
When Beowulf heard of this so called monster,
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Beowulf speaks “Now Grendel and I are called together, and I’ve come.” (pg. 47) “If he wins, and if death does take me, send the hammered mail of my armor to Higlac, return the inheritance I had from Hrethel, and he from Wayland, fate will unwind as it must!” (pg. 47)
Out from the marsh, Grendel moved toward Herot, ready to kill. He arrived, as he had before, but did never arrive Herot, being so defended, as it was. He slammed open the hall doors, angry and fierce. He walked across the floor, only to see a hall filled with sleeping warriors. Grendel started slaying their bodies, one by one, until he came upon Beowulf. Beowulf took hold of Grendel, and Grendel had never been in such shock. All Grendel could think was to run away. Beowulf ripped Grendel’s arm clear off, killing the mighty beast once and for all.
After the death of Grendel, Beowulf learned about Grendel’s mother. Once he learned more of this creature and her whereabouts, he decided to venture into her lair and end her life. Once he arrived at the lair of Grendel and his mother, they came face to face. Beowulf seized a rather large sword hanging on the wall, and seized her. She did not fight back. Beowulf took the blade and cut off her head, killing her
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