The Ideal Hero In Seamus Heaney's Beowulf

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Seamus Heaney’s Beowulf is an old epic poem in which the protagonist Beowulf, a hero of the Geats come to the aid of Hrothgar, king of Danes, whose great hall, Heorot is plagued by the monster name Grendel. Beowulf kills Grendel with his bare hands and Grendel’s mom with a giant sword and later becomes the king of Geats. Then after a period of fifty years, he defeats the dragon but is mortally wounded in the battle and dies. After his death, his attendants burn his body him in the huge funeral pyre and then bury him. Hero is the person who is admired and idealized for his courage, outstanding achievements, noble qualities, and is good in the opinion of others. Anglo-Saxon people find great honor in warfare and warfare is their primary motivation and they would rather die than to fail. Overall, Beowulf embodies the ideal hero according to Anglo-Saxon heroic code. Some of Anglo-Saxon heroes personal qualities and traits are that they want everlasting fame, have strong believe in fate and lack of humility. Many of early Anglo-Saxon heroes longed for fame and achieved it only through extraordinary feats of daring in combat and other heroic codes. The hunt for fame is the most important thing for a person who is trying to create his name in the world. Beowulf is a men who wants to achieve everlasting fame and is really concerned about how the the world is gonna see him. His desire for fame is what enabled him defeat Grendel and his mom. Seamus Heaney States “Hygelac’s

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