Beowulf the Epic Hero

Topics: Beowulf, Kill, Grendel's mother Pages: 2 (628 words) Published: November 16, 2012
Sandy Thongdyyarath
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Beowulf the Epic Hero
The Anglo-Saxons’s values are very different from our world’s values. They were a violent society that celebrated blood thirsty kings. In the epic poem of Beowulf the Geats’ king was Higlac. Egetho was Higlac’s brother, but he was also Beowulf’s father. This made Beowulf the nephew to the king of the Geats. Beowulf as royalty eventually becomes king of the Geats. Beowulf is king of the “Doom People”, because the Geats were eventually exterminated by Swedes. This made the Anglos-Saxons unsuccessful, since they cease to exist. An epic hero is defined as someone who has legendary importance, their actions determine the fate of a group of people, and the hero performs almost superhuman like deeds against supernatural events. An epic hero not only describes Beowulf; he was a successful epic hero.

During the Anglo-Saxons times, what you did wasn’t important, unless you boasted about it. To make a good deed official, one had to boast about it. Beowulf boasts about how he can destroy fear. Beowulf boasts about how he feared no men by describing times in war where he dripped with blood from other men. He also boasts of a time when he killed the entire race of giants by conquering them. That showed Beowulf having no fear for the supernatural. Beowulf also boast of no fear for the natural world by telling the time of when he swam in the ocean in the dark of night and hunted the monsters known as narwhals and killed them. Beowulf also claims in his boast not only will he kill Grendel, but he will kill him with his bare hands. Killing Grendel is symbolic, because it represents the original sin which was cause by human hands, and Grendel is the primitive image of us, also our original sin. This is a way figuratively for Beowulf to go back in time and squash the original sin with what caused the original sin. These ideas show how legendarily important Beowulf is, because Beowulf is portrayed as savior of...
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