Epic Hero of the Anglo-Saxon Era: Beowulf
There have been many heroes in the past, like Superman, Batman, even Spiderman; they all exemplify heroic qualities, all different but all powerful in helping out others. Heroes are seen as a respectable character that people put hope into when all might be lost, or even look up to when they need their own strength. From the Anglo-Saxon period, if a person fights for their people, even if it means death they are considered a hero. Beowulf, and Anglo-Saxon hero, comes to Hrothgar seeking to fight the ferocious demons with his mighty strength and courageous soul; through his honorable acts he’s gifted with fame and glory throughout his life, presenting his as an epic hero.
Through Beowulf’s epic he exemplified his muscular achievements by fighting vicious demons, even if those demons are in him. In the epic of Beowulf he gestures, “’They have seen my strength for themselves, / Have watched me rise from the darkness of war, / Dripping with my enemies’ blood. I drove/ Five great giants into chains, chased/ All of that race from the earth” (54). The quote showed how physically strong Beowulf was and how he was beyond human strength, because he can run off giants and has risen from a fight with his enemy’s blood. No average strong person can do that but Beowulf can, showing that he is heroic; he gives the village people hope that he will rid the evil demon away making it a heroic symbol. Beowulf, and Anglo-Saxon hero, comes to Hrothgar seeking to fight the ferocious demons with his mighty strength and courageous soul; through his honorable acts he’s gifted with fame and glory throughout his life, presenting his as an epic hero. In Beowulf’s final boast he exclaims, “’My days
Have gone by as fate willed, waiting
For its word to be spoken, ruling as well
As I knew how, swearing no unholy oaths,
Seeking no lying wars. I can leave
This life happy; I can die, here,
Knowing the Lord of all life has never
Watched me wash...
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