Essay On Bravery In Beowulf

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Bravery, defined as, courageous acts of one’s character. The main person in this epic poem to demonstrate the act of bravery would be, Beowulf himself. Beowulf’s battle with Grendel shows true courage. Beowulf then “took off the helmet and handed the patterned sword”. (672-673)He was completely unarmed as described in the lines previous. The reason for that being, he thought it wouldn’t be fair so he used his strength and overcome the evil creature, descendant of Cain, also known as Grendel. Beowulf shows himself aging as the battles keep coming along. The time arrives to fight the dragon and he was weak and old and somewhat knew he couldn’t do this fight alone. The dragon poisons Beowulf with a bite into the neck, and just before Beowulf is dying Wiglaf steps in scavenges through the dragon’s treasures and then returns to show Beowulf and then speaks, “Now that I’ve bought this bright treasure mound with my old lifeblood look to my kingdom the need of my Geats— I must leave you now”. (2799-2801) Only an epic hero could have an ending to life, like Beowulf did. Another very evident quality shown in the epic poem, Beowulf, would be the vulnerability. Beowulf shows some signs of vulnerability in the battle with the dragon. He shows that an Epic,…show more content…
King Hrothgar shows bravery and courage in several ways, one of those ways being, that he was prepares to take on Grendel before Beowulf arrives and accepts the challenge. Hrothgar may have been very mighty and courageous in his days, but he also became very weak and old in age close to when Beowulf set foot into the kingdom. The moment where Hrothgar shows much weakness is when he couldn’t defend his people against Grendel so he put the task on Beowulf, someone who could defeat Grendel. Hrothgar lacks the physicality to be a warrior but has the wisdom and mental strength that can overpower anyone else’s physical
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