Examples Of Heroism In Beowulf

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Heroism is the fearlessness, boldness, and strength one manifests while in a difficult situation. Beowulf, the epic poem, takes place 6th century AD. During this period, Anglo Saxon society considered the heroic ethos as a set of values that characterized a person's courage in the face of danger. As Beowulf was younger, he is the perfect representation of a hero, but, as he gets older he looses his heroic qualities. His amazing strength, unbelievable courage, and remarkable fearlessness are all the heroic qualities that measure up to his heroism. "hand-to-hand is how it will be, a life-and-death fight with the fiend" (Beowulf 438-440). The choice of phrase "hand-to-hand," connotes that the battle between Beowulf and Grendel is no easy task. Resulting in the battle becoming a contest of strength. This contest displays his strength as a key quality to his heroism. "The captain of evil discovered himself in a handgrip harder than anything he had ever encountered in any man on the face of the earth" (Beowulf 749-752). Beowulf's first battle becomes a combination of his strength and skill. His strength is what overpowered Grendel, yet his skill is what emitted him to defeat Grendel.…show more content…
Describing the character as "too proud" indicates that Beowulf is unafraid of the dragon. So unafraid, that he rather fight by himself then with an army. "Inspired again by the thought of glory, the war-king threw his whole strength behind a sword-stroke and connected with the skull." (Beowulf 2677-2680) Beowulf's courage is stimulated by his want to garner immortality in legend. “God who ordains Who wins or loses allowed him to strike With his own blade when bravery was needed” (2874-2876). As a result of this striking image portrayed in the quote, Beowulf's bravery is triggered by God himself. Wether he wins or looses, God compels him to display his

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