Beowulf A Hero Essay

analytical Essay
768 words
768 words

A hero is someone who is admired for their courage and bravery, as well as their noble accomplishments. They are respected by almost everyone, due to their kindness and charitable mindset, that drives them to fight for the good of others. Beowulf is the perfect representation of a hero, based on multiple characteristics that he displays throughout the novel. Along with his characteristics, Beowulf also takes on many “hero like” challenges and tasks. In the novel, Beowulf is praised and admired throughout the kingdom for his bravery, humility, and selflessness. In the beginning of the novel, Beowulf takes interest in the plight of Hrothgar, King of Denmark, and wants to help him fight Grendel. Grendel is a large monster that has been harassing members in the mead-hall of the Heorot. Beowulf owes Hrothgar a favor, due to the fact that Hrothgar saved his father in years past. Hrothgar is honored to have Beowulf attempt to fight the swamp monster, and decides to hold a feast in his name. When Grendel shows up to the feast, Beowulf illustrates his bravery by fighting Grendel without any armor. When Beowulf wins the battle by ripping Grendel’s arm off, everyone in the mead-hall praises Beowulf for his acts of courage. In this scene, Beowulf proves that he is a hero by fighting off a monster that everyone else was afraid of. This made him look …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that a hero is someone who is admired for their courage and bravery, as well as their noble accomplishments. beowulf is the perfect representation
  • Analyzes how beowulf owes hrothgar, king of denmark, a favor by fighting grendel, who has harassed members in the mead-hall of the heorot.
  • Analyzes how beowulf fits the mold of a hero later in the novel when grendel’s mother seeks revenge on him for killing her son.
  • Analyzes how beowulf portrays the role of a hero in the novel by taking on dangerous challenges just to show his respects to hrothgar. he kills grendel and his mother because he is selfless and kindhearted.
  • Analyzes how beowulf's last task proves him a hero in geatland, when he kills the dragon with his dagger but is bitten on his neck by its poisonous teeth.
  • Analyzes how the ornate funeral represents how much the community loved beowulf and looked up to him for protection.
  • Analyzes how beowulf's traits of heroism changed as he grew older. he became a leader and acted for the good of the people.
  • Concludes that beowulf exemplifies the traits of a hero throughout the novel. he is brave, tenacious, selfless, and determined by fighting off multiple demons/monsters, that had the potential of harming the community.

At the beginning of the novel, Beowulf represents a savage warrior, displaying mostly his strength and bravery by defeating Grendel and his mother. However, as Beowulf ages, he begins to change into a different kind of hero. After becoming King of the Geats, Beowulf matured and took on more of a leadership role in the community, as opposed to a warrior. Even though Beowulf was still a hero, he began to lead an army of geats and acted for the good of the people. In both cases however, Beowulf was respected by others for his admirable

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