H English 10A
19 August 2013
Warrior Prince Beowulf: An Epic Hero Epic hero -
A brave and noble character in an epic poem admired for great achievements or affected by grand events. In the epic poem Beowulf, translated by Burton Raffel, the warrior-prince Beowulf portrays each quality required to be an Epic Hero. When Beowulf is challenged, he stands his ground, with his head held high and his mind suffused with pride. He fears nothing and no one. Beowulf’s qualities are above a noble warrior but of an epic hero. His physical strength is shown in the battle against Grendel. Beowulf exposes his ethical aspect when he inquired Hrothgar’s permission to kill Grendel. Beowulf’s quests are always successful by virtue of showing neither weakness nor fear. He is glorified during his battle against Grendel’s mother under the sea, which is virtually impossible. Beowulf died a noble death nevertheless he leaves with the glory of an epic hero. One of the four qualifications of an epic hero is strength. “But the truth is simple: no man swims in the sea as I can, no strength is a match for mine.” (Page: 40, line: 532- 534, Chapter 8) Beowulf, when taunted by Unferth, tells of the swimming contest against Brecca. He explains that his defeat was caused by sea monsters which he fought off and cleaned the sea. He is determined he could beat Brecca in a rematch. In addition, Beowulf becomes vain when discussing his future battle against the monster Grendel. “Grendel is no braver, no stronger than I am! I could kill him with my sword; I shall not easy as it would be…His claws and teeth scratching at my shield, his clumsy fists beating at my sword blade, would be helpless.” (Page: 44, line: 677- 687, Chapter 10). In his battle against Grendel, he defeats the monster with his powerful grip, ripping Grendel’s arm off. Beowulf proves he has the strength of any mighty hero before his time. In addition to strength, Beowulf exemplifies the...
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