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Beowulf: Epic Hero

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Beowulf: Epic Hero

An epic hero, an Anglo-Saxon hero, a modern-day hero; A hero is is often defined by certain qualities, looked upon traits. We have heroes amongst our lives everyday, from saving a life to simply helping someone out. In the epic poem, “Beowulf”, Beowulf was the most heroic man of the Anglo-Saxon times. The Anglo-Saxon code reflects much of the code of Chivalry, the code of the Samurai, to the modern-day code of just doing good. He embodied courage, honesty, loyalty, and much more, attributes that were all valued by the Anglo-Saxon code. Beowulf was truly an Anglo-Saxon hero of his time as he possessed all the traits of an Anglo-Saxon hero.

Beowulf was never afraid to die. One of most valiant traits enclosed within Beowulf was courage. “And if death does take me, send the hammered mail of my armor to Higlar. (18)” Always before heading to battle, he would mention his death wishes. He’d request his possessions to be sent back to his home if he were to die. “When we crossed the sea, my comrades and I, I already knew that all my purpose was this: to win the good will of your people or die in battle, pressed in Grendel’s fierce grip. Let me live in greatness and courage, or here in this hall welcome my death! (22)” As much confidence as he may have, he leaves it up to fate to decide whether he may fall or rise. He understands that he could be put to death at anytime, but as an Anglo-Saxon warrior and hero, they live every moment like it’s their last. Beowulf explains, “As I can, no strength is a match for mine (533)” Beowulf spews the characteristics of a hero, an Anglo-Saxon hero to be exact. His extraordinary super strength allows him to fight and kill the evil monster, Grendel, with his own bare hands. His actions help a great deal of people throughout the poem.

The victories led to fame and glory. Two important traits to a hero of the Anglo-Saxon culture. It was crucial and normal for heroes to be gratified for their good deeds and...
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