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Beowulf. The epic, Beowulf, by an unknown poet, accurately portrays the characteristics of an epic hero.

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Guardian Julia Feeser Rowland; Period 5 22 September 2012 A hero is someone with the emotional capacity to alter significantly, the lives of others for the better. In some cases, physical accommodation is necessary as well. The epic, Beowulf, by an unknown poet, accurately portrays the characteristics of an epic hero. Strong and intelligent, the hero in the story, Beowulf, defeats many evils and pieces many nations back together. Frequently, Beowulf performs courageous tasks, which determine the fate of many nations, and his actions reflect heavy, timeless values. These characteristics are evidence of Beowulf?s heroism. Beowulf, who claims to be the mightiest warrior in existence, courageously destroys any monster in his path. ...read more.


Beowulf?s feats almost always determine the fate of one or more nations. For instance, After Beowulf marvelously defeats Grendel, ?Old and young rejoiced, turned back From that happy pilgrimage, mounted their hard-hooved Horses, high-spirited stallions, and rode them Slowly toward Herot again, retelling Beowulf?s bravery as they jogged along? (Lines375-379). The men of Herot are so happy that Grendel is gone and they can now live the lives of free men. Due to Beowulf?s might, they no longer need to fret about the destruction occurring all around them. In addition, after Beowulf practically came back from the dead and defeated Grendel?s mother, the Geats, ?Thanked God that their leader had come back unharmed? (Line582). The actions of the Geats show just how much Beowulf?s actions affect them. They all cheer throughout the land. ...read more.


Lying in livid wounds, defeated, Beowulf says to Wiglaf, ??I can leave/This life happy; I can die, here,/Knowing the Lord of all life has never/Watched me wash my sword in blood/Born of my own family?? (lines 752-755). The honor Beowulf contains has saved his nation. As a mortal man, he helps many escape the wraths of monsters and live in riches, and does it all without completing a task, which is not noble. Overall, the mighty warrior, Beowulf, performs many actions which cannot be performed by any other men and which determine the future circumstances of many. When faced with a challenge, the warrior takes it on without issue. On behalf of the men whom he journeys with, Beowulf will do anything. Accurately, he fits every ancient aspect of a hero, in existence. Without a doubt, Beowulf has the capacity of many strong men together. ...read more.

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