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Beowulf Man or Myth Many of Old English poems glorified a real or imaginery hero and tried to teach the values of bravery Beowulf was written during the Anglo-Saxon period of English Literature The Anglo-Saxon period was a time of fierce battles in which human strength was measured by the ability to control the reaction to fate through evil and courage Beowulf was written in Old English as an epic poem Old English described a real or imaginery hero and tried to teach the values of bravery Folk would be used as an example in epic of Beowulf Beowulf was passed on from person to person Epic can be a general hero in this case Beowulf who usually involved in a series of actions Author exaggerates on the character of Beowulf the story is a fantasy because it is hard to believe that the character of Beowulf would be able to kill a monster like Grendel with his bare hands Beowulf possesses the superhuman abilities the amazing power to hold his breath under water for an umlimited period of time Some readers as myself feel that this characteristic seperates from the realistic nature of the story and gives the impression that Beowulf is more like a myth than a man So with all this in mind in the epic Beowulf hes portrayed as almost inhumane so was he indeed a man or merely a myth Beowulf is described asgreater than lifethan anyone in the world and in order to prove himself as a hero he has to fight against something superhuman Donaldson 10 Beowulf is the prime example of an epic hero His bravery and strength surpass all mortal men his loyalty and ability to think of himself last make him reveared by all Bolton 2 Beowulfs deeds must be marked by a nobility of purpose to accumulate rewards and personal fame are good examples of the human side
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