Beowulf Strengths

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Joseph Bosarge Ms. Killen English IV, Block IV 12 Nov 2014 Character Analysis in Beowulf Beowulf is an epic from the Anglo-Saxon period about a hero who takes on great challenges and adventures. The character Beowulf embodies the virtues of the Anglo-Saxon culture and beliefs. In this epic, Beowulf, a warrior from the Geats, comes to the rescue of Hrothgar the king of the Danes, whose land is being attacked by a monster. Beowulf defeats the monster Grendel with his bare hands. As the story progresses, Beowulf kills Grendel’s mother with the sword that the giants once used. Fifty years pass, Beowulf is now king of the Geats. However, in his last battle he is able to come out victorious with the help of Wiglaf but is fatally wounded and dies. Beowulf’s main abilities in this epic are his physical strength, bravery, and honor. In this epic, Beowulf’s main ability is physical strength. Strength is something in this epic that the reader would least expect from a “normal sized man” to defeat three tough characters. As Beowulf is swimming in the ocean for hours, “We expect Beowulf to drown, as he would if a giant squid or a shark dragged him under the ocean waves” (Bloom 1). Beowulf’s superior swimming skills is what is keeping him alive through the race…show more content…
After Beowulf’s arrival, “Hrothgar offers Beowulf more treasure if he will go to the lake and kill the monster”(Bloom 1). Beowulf does not need treasure to fight this monster, but his main perspective is to die in battle. Later in the day, Beowulf begins, “asking Hrothgar’s permission to fight Grendel, Beowulf says that, like the monster, he will forsake weapons and use only bare hands” (Blooms 1). His decision of taking off his armor in a important battle with Grendel shows that he is honorable. Beowulf knows that Grendel does not have any armor to protect his self, so Beowulf decides to take his armor off and use no swords against

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