Beowulf A Hero

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In “Beowulf”, written by an author unknown, many people consider Beowulf to be the hero, because of its epic poem status, I would disagree with this statement. Some characteristics that can be attributed to heroes are: educated, just, humble, strong, and selfless. While this is only a short list some of these characteristics hold true for Beowulf. Unfortunately, a hero must have all of these adjectives, and many of these do not apply to Beowulf. Throughout the novel, there were many instances of how Beowulf was a selfish leader who was only fighting to receive honor towards his name, not to genuinely save his people.
After Beowulf was able to defeat Grendel, Grendel’s mother decided to try and avenge her son. She did this by reeking havoc on

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