Beowulf is one of the oldest and most well-known epic stories throughout the world. The main character in this story is Beowulf himself. Beowulf is a true and epic hero, who ultimately loses his life while trying to protect the he cared for. Beowulf was a man of great strength, which allowed him to defeat monster and make him the hero that he was. He did not have this strength on his own accord, but was assisted with some divine intervention.
He gripped the sword and swung to cut off her head and leave her on the ground, lifeless. Beowulf was lucky he found the sword or it may have ended his life earlier than he had expected. Even though it was a close battle between them, Grendel’s mother still could not defeat the mighty Beowulf. Beowulf killed Grendel’s mother because she came to get revenge on the Danes for killing Grendel. Beowulf did this again for the fame and glory that he would receive shortly after doing
Battle-worn armor and razor-sharp sword held high, Beowulf an epic hero from the Anglo-Saxon era is the epitome of heroism today. He unselfishly risks his life to defeat evil that plagues innocent lives. Although he was a hero before our time, his heroic qualities have surpassed time. Beowulf's bravery, strength, and willingness to help others are qualities that we commend today and are possessed by our modern-day heroes. Bravery is one of the qualities that would make Beowulf a hero today.
Initially, the warrior is considered a hero because of his mighty triumphs against Grendel and his mother. Later, Beowulf redefines himself as a hero due to his leadership skills while being the king. The story says that Beowulf was so respected and feared as a leader that all other countries would not even dare to threaten him. Finally, at the end of the poem, Beowulf again displays his greatness at the battle against the dragon. Once considering Beowulf’s accomplishments, it is clear that his life centered around his heroic deeds.
With knowledge from his previous fight, Beowulf realizes that he must wear armor and have a weapon in order to have a fair fight against the beast’s mother. Hrothgar’s wife, Wealhtheow, supplies the hero with chain mail armor. The armor signifies the Danes’ belief in Beowulf’s victory. “The mesh of the chain-mail/saved him on the outside,” or else the monster’s claws would have killed him instantly (1503-1504). Beowulf then obtains the sword Hrunting from a coward named Unferth.
Beowulf shares the same traits with as many other heroes I know about. For example, Beowulf 's willpower can be compared with Henry Cavill 's Superman (Man of Steel). In Beowulf: "The Battle with the Dragon", Beowulf battled the dragon and he noticed that his weapons started to fail him and that he was weakened by his age. In spite of that, Beowulf 's willpower enabled him to continue fighting the dreadful beast. Eventually, after his ally Wiglaf provided Beowulf with some assistance, he was able to break through and deliver the killing blow to the dragon.
When Beowulf approaches Hrothgar and offers to kill Grendel, he is already a very very skillful warrior who has (accomplished or gained with effort) many feats, and he is a hero to the people. Later in life, Beowulf changes from a young warrior to a wise king who later dies in order to save the people of his kingdom from an (imaginary, huge, fire-breathing animal). The extreme danger of the job is illustrated through the fact that Hrothgar 's own men 's tries to kill Grendel have been useless/pointless. Beowulf displays great courage in not only eliminating Grendel but his mother also. Though the dangers Beowulf faces become more and more extreme, he does not turn away from them or run (away
So now, Beowulf, I adopt you in my heart as a dear son.” (63, 930-950). Once Grendel has been erased, Grendel's mother comes in and tries to avenge his death. In spite of this Beowulf goes through an awesome journey of all these creatures and a great fight to eliminate the problem of Grendel and his mother. This caused Beowulf to make the Geats and the Danes allies which is great as a leader. He also brought riches to his people through the help of the generous Hrothgar.
While reading Beowulf final scene, I really saw how heroic Beowulf really was. I mean he was heroic when he fought Grendel and his mother, but when he knew that he is about to die and still fought the dragon it kind of brought him to another level of being a hero. Throughout the entire story, I viewed Beowulf as kind of showy for all of his great heroic acts and wasn 't at all humble. Fighting the dragon showed that even till the very end, Beowulf would still fight and protect his people no matter what. Also, when he bought Grendel 's mother, he nearly dies, but he never gave up.
Beowulf battles monsters like Grendel who triumph his size and devour men who nobly fought in battle. The odds seem unlikely for a regular man; however, Beowulf is not like most men. Another trait of Beowulf includes his loyalty to his friends and family. Beowulf leaves his country to travel to an unknown land to defeat a monster who could kill him. He has the loyalty to this country which he has not even stepped foot on it.