In the story it is Beowulf’s duty to protect his people and defeat hideous monsters. When he hears about a wicked monster that killed Hrothgar’s son in a far off land he took it as another opportunity to prove himself. This was the first case of showing Beowulf as a hero because the wind and sea helped him and his men travel safely and quickly and that didn’t happen for just anyone else. When they arrive and the watchman is at first suspicious but realizes he is Beowulf here to kill Grendel and Hrothgar welcomes him and treats him with high honor as only heroes get treated.
In the battles throughout the story he is put up against beasts that no other man can conquer. However, Beowulf is able to defeat Grendel with his bare hands showcasing his strength, Grendel’s mother to show us that Beowulf will get rid of the root of the problem and go the extra mile to defend people. Against the dragon he is at least 80 and is still able to defeat the dragon and this tells us that he can live longer than anyone else at the time.
Beowulf is often “talked up” throughout the story. Elevated language is a technique used to describe all epic heroes. It talks about Beowulf’s hands being the hardest hands in the world, and Beowulf is even called “mighty protector of men.” This is a giveaway that he is an epic hero.
In conclusion, Beowulf is an epic hero. He is braver, stronger, and smarter, than anyone in the world. Also, he is talked of in an elevated language to make sure he stands out from the rest of his people.