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A hero is often a man that is usually of divine ancestry A hero or heroine can be found in many different forms There are certain characteristics that make up a hero or a heroine Some of those characteristics are someone who is endowed with great courage loyalty obedience cleverness strength and someone who is noted for special achievement in a particular field Depending on the book or the character a hero or heroine could show one heroic characteristics or more and still considered to be a hero The hero Beowulf is a seemingly invincible person with all the extraordinary traits required of a hero He is able to use his super-human physical strength and courage to put his people before himself He encounters hideous monsters and the most ferocious of beasts but he never fears the threat of death His leadership skills are superb and he is even able to boast about all his achievements Beowulf is the ultimate epic hero who risks his life countless times for immortal glory and for the good of others Beowulf is a hero in the eyes of his fellow men through his amazing physical strength He fought in numerous battles and returned victorious from all but his last In his argument with Unferth Beowulf explains the reason he lost a simple swimming match with his youthful opponent Brecca Not only had Beowulf been swimming for seven nights he had also stopped to kill nine sea creatures in the depths of the ocean Beowulf is also strong enough to kill the monster Grendel who has been terrorizing the Danes for twelve years with his bare hands by ripping off his arm When Beowulf is fighting Grendels mother who is seeking revenge on her sons death he is able to slay her by slashing the monsters neck with a Giants sword that can only be lifted by a person as strong as Beowulf When he chops off her head
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