Research Paper On Beowulf

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The poem Beowulf translated partially by Burton Raffel and Seamus Heaney is a poem telling about an epic hero and his adventures. This is the story of the last hero: a monstrous troll wreaks havoc in the hall of the Danish king, Hrothgar. The king offers rewards for the death of Grendel, so Beowulf, a great and boastful Geat warrior, arrives with his Thanes. Throughout the story the essentials of Anglo-Saxon culture are displayed. Anglo-Saxon culture is best described in their literature as brave, loyal, generous, and friendly. The Anglo-Saxons valued loyalty as dearly as their lives, everything they participated in was built around loyalty. Anglo-Saxons showed other values such as bravery by fighting their attackers, generosity and friendliness by helping fellow warriors and he was very memorable. ( Beowulf is considered to be an epic hero to the Anglo-Saxons because he shows all the traits they valued most. An epic hero is a larger than life mortal figure from history or legend. The hero, usually a warrior, participates in a journey, faces adversaries, forms alliances and returns home significantly transformed. Beowulf exhibits bravery, physical and mental strength when battling monsters, and…show more content…
“...their points could not hurt him, the sharpest and hardest iron could not scratch his skin, for that sin-stained demon had bewitched all men’s weapons, laid spells that blunted every mortal man’s blade.” (Raffel 23). Beowulf had no other choice but to defeat the troll with his bare hands. Another way Beowulf shows his bravery is when he goes into the lake to battle Grendel's mother, who is bigger and a lot stronger. His bravery is shown most because he chose to help the community and the king not knowing what he was up against. Beowulf risked his life by attempting to slay a dragon in order to save his

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