Why Is Beowulf An Ideal Hero

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Beowulf In the Anglo-Saxon poem, Beowulf, has different values shown by heroes in the poem. Beowulf is the main character, in which is the strongest man known who can defeat anything that comes his way. He is willing to fight for and protect his people and evens goes to the lengths to defeat a monster not on his land. The three traits that he proves throughout the poem are bravery, honesty, and loyalty. Beowulf shows the traits of a perfect hero. The one most shown in the poem, Beowulf is bravery. Beowulf shows bravery by fighting each and every monster he goes up against. He also shows bravery by willingly going to challenge Grendel. “I drove five great giants into chains, chased all of that race from the earth. I swam in the blackness of night, hunting monsters out of the ocean, and killing them one by one; death was mr erand and the fate they had earned. Now Grendel and I are called together, and I’ve come.” (Lines 248-255.) …show more content…

He shows this desire by making things “even” with Hrothgar for his father by gathering up his thirteen men and traveling to defeat the monster, Grendel for the Danes. He helps rid the Danes of this monster, simply using his bare hands which proves his strength that he claims to have. “He twisted in pain and the bleeding sinews deep in his shoulder snapped, muscle and bone split and broke. The battle was over.” (Lines 389-393).” This quote is a direct quote from the book and shows that Beowulf himself would go to great depths to protect his people, even knowing that this monster could not be harmed with man-made weapons. This shows how loyal he was to his people because he did not just give

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