The Hero's Journey In The Epic Of Beowulf

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Beowulf performs many heroic deeds and faces treacherous obstacles. His bravery is a big part of completing his duty and honor as a hero. According to Hrothgar he says to Beowulf, “You are strong in body and mature in mind, impressive in speech.” (Beowulf 127). This piece of evidence supports that Beowulf fits to be king of the Geats due to his bravery and words of wisdom. Beowulf’s heroism plays a big role through three separate and difficult conflicts with Grendel, Grendel’s mother and the dragon. Beowulf declares, “Now I mean to be a match for Grendel, settle the outcome in single combat.” (Beowulf 29). Beowulf represents a gallant hero for being able to put up a fight with Grendel, the captain of the Evil. The battle between Beowulf and Grendel represents honor and duty. As an honored and courageous hero, such as Beowulf, he had chosen to risk his life to fight for Heorot, king Hrothgar, and the people. Now this represents a true hero! According to Melissa Alles, “Beowulf decides to fight Grendel without arms. As Grendel does not use weapons to bite people in half and lap their blood, it will bring the hero greater honor to slay the foe…show more content…
Beowulf fights the dragon. This was the day; this was the final battle where Beowulf takes on the sky-borne foe. Beowulf addresses to the Geats, “This fight is not yours, nor is it up to any man except me to measure his strength against the monster or to prove his worth. I shall win the gold by my courage, or else mortal combat, doom of battle, will bear your lord away.” (Beowulf 171). Beowulf takes on the dragon himself; this proves how much bravery he has as a leader. Beowulf was able to defeat the dragon, but unfortunately the dragon bit his neck causing the deadly poison to kill Beowulf. The warrior’s final words “Fate swept us away, sent my whole brave high-born clan to their final doom. Now I must follow them.” (Beowulf 189). Beowulf died as a courageous, glorified, brave leader and

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