Comparing Beowulf, Grendel's Mother And The Dragon

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Beowulf is a perfect example of an epic hero. What is an epic hero, you may ask? An epic hero is one who is determined to show their strength, bravery, and honor by heroic and dangerous actions. In the epic, Beowulf, the main character himself shows many qualities that defines him as an epic hero. Beowulf’s many battles are examples of how he is an epic hero. On numerous accounts, Beowulf involved himself in many challenges such battling Grendel, Grendel’s Mother, and the Dragon to prove himself as a hero. In the beginning of the reading, Beowulf faces a rude and self-absorbed being with the name of Grendel. Grendel causes much destruction and terror for the kingdom of Herot by killing many people for their display of happiness. Once hearing…show more content…
She then tries to avenge his death by brutally killing many men of Herot. She, like her son, causes much distress for the kingdom. On lines 441-445, citizens of the kingdom as of Beowulf’s help. The quote says, “Our only help, Again, lies with you. Grendel’s mother Is hidden in her terrible home, in a place You’ve not seen. Seek it of you dare! Save us.” (pg. 52) Beowulf is very aggravated by what Grendel’s mother is doing therefore, he travels to kill her too. A mighty and dangerous battle between Beowulf causes great confliction for the epic hero. During the time, it had seemed that Grendel’s mother was about to win victory over Beowulf. That is until Beowulf used his mighty sword, killing Grendel’s mother. The fact that Beowulf is willing enough to kill Grendel’s mother shows how determined he is to be classified as a…show more content…
His battles along with his death will always be remembered and cherished. A quote from lines 856-865 shows the amount of love and respect followers of Beowulf had. “And then twelve of the bravest Geats Rode their horses around the tower. Telling their sorrow, telling stories of their dead king and his greatness, his glory, Praising him for heroic deeds, for a life As noble as his name. So should all men raise up words for their lords, warm with love, when their shield and protector leaves His body behind, sends his soul, on High.” (pg.58) So many lives were saved because of Beowulf. The beings in which caused many troubles for Herot are now no longer a threat because of Beowulf. He alone is responsible for many right doings in the kingdom. An epic hero is one who remembered for their bravery, strength, and honor. An epic hero, is
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