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Beowulf an Epic Hero Beowulf was written in the eighth century by an unknown author The story is centered on Beowulf the main character who goes to Denmark to offer his assistance in fighting off Grendel the monster who has been haunting them Beowulf most definitely proves to be a hero His heroism is exemplified first when he kills Grendel then Grendels mother and finally the Red Dragon The three characteristics of a hero he possesses are bravery risking his life for the sake of others and using his great strength to save others Before going off to battle with Grendel Beowulf gives a speech that may appear conceited to the modern reader but is in actuality a simple device used to insure his immortality through fame Beowulf states I claim myself no poorer in was strength war works than Grendel claims himself Therefore I will not put him to sleep with a sword and then may wise God Holy Lord assign glory on whichever hand seems good to him35-36 Now whether he wins or loses the fight Beowulf will always be remembered as the courageous warrior who battled the beast without aid of a weapon This passage also shows Beowulfs unconquerable courage It is important to note however that this courage does not come from a strong mind but rather from an unquestioning fate which in turn is completely Gods command His courage therefore comes entirely from his belief that he has done well in the eyes of the lord Armed only with his strong belief in the goodness of the Lord Beowulf attacks the evil Grendelenemy of God37 and displays his awesome strength When Beowulf first grasps the arm of his opponent he is described as he who of men was strongest of might in the days of his life37 He then proceeds to rip off Grendels arm from his body while more than enough of Beowulfs earls drew swords old heirlooms wished
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