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The Hero Beowulf It is very common that a favorite tale told to a small child before he goes to sleep is actually a great epic story that has lived on for many centuries The tale of Beowulf is just that Beowulf was written during the Anglo-Saxon era when heroic deeds and loyalty to ones leader were traits of a person that lived on forever by means of poets and writers Beowulf tells the story of a hero one that faces many great battles with many great enemies conquering one after the next only to finally face his death in his battle against the dragon Up until the end of Beowulfs life he was constantly looking to be the hero Beowulf through the years has lived on as a legendary hero conquering all obstacles as though he were immortal However his mortality is exposed by his death the same death that makes him a superhero working and fighting evil for the people and as a person Beowulf by all means is a hero A hero fears not death nor destruction of his own being but instead risks all that he is for what he believes to be right moral and just In the time of the Anglo-Saxons reign of England it was noble and expected for a person of high honor to be more than loyal to his king In fact it was considered noble to be loyal to anything that was significant to humanity In Beowulf Beowulf is loyal to Higlac Higlac is my cousin and my king142 says Beowulf in his preparation to do battle with the threatening monster Grendel Loyalty to the Anglo-Saxons was heroic however the tale of Beowulf has lived on so many years for a greater reason than Beowulf being a loyal individual Heroes today as well as heroes of yesterday such as Beowulf all share the characteristic of their willingness to die in their attempt to accomplish their
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