Beowulf Is A Hero Essay

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“A Hero is an ordinary person who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles”, quoted by Christopher Reeve. Beowulf however, tends to be an epic hero based on the definition of one. Beowulf was definitely a hero, not because of his super strength, smartness, or even his sword. But because when everyone backed down he was the one to step up & sacrifice his life to save others. “ Beowulf fights in various battles which shows his hero characteristics such as supernatural, bravery, and leadership. This poem was first set in Scandinavia, which where Beowulf first became a hero of the geats. Beowulf is the oldest poem in English Language which has been told by Anglo-Saxons and still told by many people today, composed by an unknown Anglo-Saxon poet around 700 A.D. This poem is in the British library but became famous by the name of the story’s protagonist. In 1731, Sir Robert Bruce Cotton was very upset and unpleased by the burning of the Ashburnham House in London by someone. In this house was scripts such as “Beowulf”, but now they’re damaged. The poem told about Beowulf and his race in the sea that became a battle while he swam and shows Hrothgar and others how he is an…show more content…
Beowulf actions, and mindset shows that he is an epic hero. (11.749-756), this quote shows his supernatural strength and bravery. “When the going was heavy in the high waves, I was the strongest swimmer of them all.” This quote shows that swimming for hours isn’t something just any male or female could do, it takes a lot of body strength and fatigue. (11.529-534), in these lines, “ I have heard moreover that the monster scorns in his reckless way to use weapons; therefore.. I hereby renounce sword and the shelter of the broad shield, the heavy war-board: hand-to-hand… a life and death fight with the fiend.”(11.433-440). This hand to hand combat gained glory for himself and the Geatish King,
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