Is Beowulf and Epic?

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An epic poem pertains to a quest or great deeds of a larger-than-life hero/heroine who embodies the deep values of a specific society. Basically, it is an adventure filled with monsters and battles between good and evil. Beowulf is a poem which focuses on one man who shows great strength and bravery through three different battles with three not-so-different dark creatures. The poem meets the criteria of an epic because of the extraordinary capabilities that Beowulf possesses and the fantastic beings with whom he encounters. In an epic poem, the hero must do great deeds in battle or undertake an extraordinary journey or quest, which Beowulf does. He travels from Sweden to Denmark so he can attempt to slay the monster that has been terrorizing the Danes for twelve years. During the battle, Beowulf immobilizes the enemy by holding him by nothing but his claw, therefore showing that his supernatural strength. Grendel, who has carried off fifteen men at once, after eating roundabout fifteen others. By doing so, he shows that he has supernatural strength, that he can do what no other man...

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