Beowulf is courageous, wise, and strong which make him a perfect hero. He fights valiantly in all of his battles and defeats great evil. He never lives to see evil survive, because he died after Wiglaf defeats the dragon. He wanted to die doing something bold, rather than sitting in a chair while he slowly dies. He proved that death would be dealt to his enemies if he fought with faith in God. His enemies are forces of evil and his quest to defend people with his life against these forces show he is very ambitious. Although Beowulf dies from his arrogance in his last battle, he died a very glorious death, and he displays the courage, wisdom, and strength of an epic hero. When Beowulf first comes to Herot, he ends the feuds between Danes and Geats. These people all celebrate and drink together because Beowulf came so bravely to fight this monster that no man has defeated. His courage comes from his faith in God and it makes him completely fearless in his battles. He has no hesitations and it gives him the upper hand in his battles. “Let me live in greatness and courage, or here in this hall welcome my death!” (part 3 lines 367-369). His courage represents a true hero’s characteristic when he will bravely risk his life for other people. Beowulf uses this and knowledge when he fights his enemies, which gives him a sort of wisdom in combat. Beowulf’s battle tactics prove to be part of his heroic character as well. His wisdom is what makes him think of quick creative strategies in defeating his enemies. When he fought Grendel, he used only his hand and lay awake to catch Grendel by surprise. When fighting Grendel’s mother, he quickly thinks by grabbing “a heavy sword, hammered by giants, strong and blessed with their magic, the best of all weapons” and defeats her (part 5 lines 633-635). Beowulf is a quick thinker and saves his life from his knowledge. Any ordinary man would be scared and not think quickly enough. This...
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