Hrothgar, presented in the beginning, is the first and oldest, his heroic exploits are mentioned briefly. However the result of his exploits, his troop of men and Herot, are an overwhelming testament to his power; they are still present after 12 years of torture. Beowulf’s heroic feats make up the epic itself; his fight with Grendel, Grendel’s mother and the dragon each depict his strength and heroic potential throughout the tale. These battles are a testament to his strength and competence as a warrior. Finally, Wiglaf is presented at the very end as Beowulf’s sole aid in the fight against the dragon.
This book is composed of four main characteristics: fame, kingship, fate, and God, which play very important roles throughout the book. In Beowulf the Anglo-Saxons longed for fame. To them fame meant immortality. For example, the narrator says, "But Beowulf longing only for fame, leaped into battle" (Raffel 1529). To Beowulf the only reason to risk his life is a battle, is so he can have his moments of fame, hence immortality.
Since fate had resulted to permit Beowulf to wins in every battle he encountered, Beowulf was destined to become a hero. Although contradictory, faith and fate represent the most vital attribution that label Beowulf as the ideal Anglo-Saxon hero.
For the hero, the highest good is glory and the highest evil is shame. Beowulf, the son of Ecgtheow and Hygelac’s thane is introduced by Heaney as a valiant warrior. The reader immediately notices that Beowulf is well respected. The tone of the work suggests that even the narrator holds him in high esteem, “the man whose name was known for courage, the Geat Leader” (Heaney, 11) (the chapter is entitled “The Hero comes to Heorot”). Beowulf is introduced with grandeur.
Beowulf succeeded with his battles and became an epic hero. Beowulf always boasted that he was a great hero. Beowulf believed he was the greatest warrior of the Geats. After becoming king, Beowulf believed he was the greatest warrior of them all. He was indeed an epic hero.
In the epic journey, Beowulf, the main character Beowulf is shown as the perfect hero throughout the entire journey. Though there isn’t such thing as being a perfect hero, Beowulf exemplifies the traits of one, having the presence of bravery, strength and modesty. Beowulf, "the hero of all heroes," who is athletic and bold, is the prince of Geats. He stands by his word, once he makes a vow. Even if it might just take his own life, he will complete the journey, no matter what the cost.
Up until the end of Beowulf’s life he was constantly looking to be the hero. Beowulf, through the years, has lived on as a legendary hero, conquering all obstacles as though he were immortal. However, his mortality is exposed by his death, the same death that makes him a superhero, working and fighting evil for the people, and as a person. Beowulf, by all means, is a hero. A hero fears not, death, nor destruction of his own being, but instead risks all that he is for what he believes to be right, moral, and just.
Beowulf A hero in mythology and legend is a man often of divine ancestry, who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for bold exploits, and favored by the gods. Beowulf, the strongest man alive and the greatest Anglo-Saxon warrior, distinguishes himself as this kind of hero. When Herot is in danger of being destroyed by the ferocious beast Grendal, Beowulf raises hell to the menacing beast. Through his brave actions and deeds, Beowulf demonstrates heroic qualities and that is revered by Anglo-Saxon and those which are also universally respected. To start off, Beowulf, identified as the greatest Anglo- Saxon, pursues glory and fame.
He wants to be celebrated in lifetimes to come for his bravery and strength because this is the ultimate affirmation of a genuine hero. Beowulf fights and conquers three monsters. The first monster he kills with his bare hands, claiming “I will not put him to sleep with a sword, so take away his life, though surely I mi... ... middle of paper ... ...believable riches, Hrothgar is shown to be a true, compassionate man and proves right off the bat that he truly loves Beowulf and is grateful for everything that he has done. WORKS CITED Grout, James. Sutton Hoo.
Epic Hero of Beowulf Every epic Hero has its certain heroic characteristics. The poem Beowulf, written in old English by an anonymous writer still holds fame for describing Heroism. The character Beowulf possesses those characteristics and is known to be one of the greatest heroes of the Anglo-Saxon time. Beowulf was from Geatland and went on quest to Denmark to fight battles for the Danes. He was a mighty man who had tremendous amount of bravery, and throughout his adventure he proves to have all the concepts of an epic hero.