Examples Of Epic Quest In Beowulf

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Beowulf and his Epic Quest The epic poem Beowulf translated by Heaney is a quest story as the protagonist Beowulf is guided through the five steps of a quest to eternal life. Beowulf is the questor as he goes on the adventure as an epic hero. “Anglo-Saxon epic heroes, such as Beowulf, exhibit a series of attributes that separate them from the normal men or women who rely on the hero to liberate them from the oppression of monsters and other threats” (Jones 2). Unlike regular heroes, an epic hero is more than the average man and they have certain characteristics that only the most elite of humans have. “Nor have I seen/ a mightier man-at-arms on this Earth/ than the one standing here: unless I am mistaken,/ he is truly noble” (Heaney 247-250). Beowulf is the questor of this epic poem because he is an epic hero as described by others who meet him. The guard says that he is the mightiest man that he has ever seen and that even his appearance is noble. This is an example of how Beowulf is an epic questor because he is more than the average man before the quest begins. “My father was a famous man,/ a noble warrior-lord named Ecgtheow” (Heaney 262-263). Being of noble birth of a strong warrior was considered an honorable thing and those people are more and better than others because of their noble birth. Beowulf is of noble birth, the son of a famous warrior. Beowulf travels to Heorot and other places in the book to fight the evil that threatens the peaceful world. “Someone tells our protagonist... to go somewhere and do something” (Foster 3). Foster says that every protagonist gets told about some sort of peril or problem that they must travel to to sole. “We come in good faith to find your lord/ and nation’s shield, the son of Half... ... middle of paper ... ...es while trying to accomplish his task, then gained a kind of self knowledge in the form of eternal life. When Beowulf gets back, he is touted around the mead-hall as a hero, and everyone knows his story. His story gets told through today and modern day people still read and study the epic poem of Beowulf. He is not dead because he comes to life whenever someone reads of hears of his great adventure. Beowulf from Heaney’s translation of the story Beowulf is an epic hero who goes on the quest for eternal life. He does so by defeating Grendel, he answered the call, had a stated place to go, had a stated reason to go to that place, had several challenges while trying to accomplish his task, then gained a kind of self knowledge in the form of eternal life. Beowulf has achieved this eternal life because of how he is still talked about and studied as if he were still alive.

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