Courage In Beowulf

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“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to preserve and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles,” says Christopher Reeve. The epic “Beowulf” took place in 500 A.D in Scandinavia, including to that an epic is a long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation. An epic hero is a brave or noble character who is admired for great achievements. “Beowulf” was translated by a talented man named Burton Raffel. The Anglo – Saxons are searching for a hero because they need someone to save them from Grendel wiping them out, and that’s where Beowulf comes in to be the hero and gets everything done sanguinely. The characteristics of a hero are super human strength, higher power, larger than life, noble, darkness, important events from culture, light, courage, and a quest. All of this will conclude to portray many traits of a hero.…show more content…
Beowulf shows courage throughout the epic by fighting the dragon, fighting Grendel, and fighting Grendel’s mother. For example, “Fight Scene; goes bare handed: “miserable journey for the writhing monster” (Raffel lines 340-375). This shows that Beowulf was so scary to him and that Beowulf had the courage to fight Grendel hand-to-hand instead of with weapons. Beowulf shows an extensive amount of strength and guile by battling Grendel, Grendel’s mom, and the dragon and by leading all of his men into those battles. For example, “I swam/ in the blackness of night, hunting monsters/ out of the ocean, and killing them one/ by one (Raffel line 250-253). This shows Beowulf’s strength by how he hunted monsters and killed them all one by one, alone. These are just 2 traits of many that Beowulf examples a hero in this

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