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Websters dictionary defines a hero as one greatly regarded for his achievements orqualities This is only a rough definition and applies only somewhat to Beowulf A hero isusually the main character he is according to Mr Renn a man who fights for the rightreasons usually confident and possessed of superhuman abilities at least as it applies toBeowulfs time period Less common in that period in time is the idea of hubris a fatalweakness on the part of every hero Beowulf exhibits all of these characteristicsBeowulf fights for the right reasons at the beginning or at least the right reasonsas 6th century Norse warriors wouldve reckoned the term He defeats Grendel for severalgood reasons but primarily to repay a debt of honor owed to Hrothgar because of hisfather Ecgtheow The text brings up in lines 406-407 So you have come here because ofpast favors to fight on our behalf and continues into the section left out of theHe then proceeded to kill Grendels Dam in vengeance for the death of AeschereIn this he acts as a champion for a friend of his new kinsman Hrothgar This is slightlyless honorable yet enough so that he wins after all Grendels Dam was only avenging herson as stated in lines 975-976 mournful and ravenous she resolved to go on a grievousjourney to avenge her sons death In the final battle he is still fighting for mostly the right reasons gold for hispeople as depicted in lines 1916-1920 With these words I thank the King of Glory theEternal Lord the Ruler for all these treasures here before me that I have been able togain them for the Geats and a sense of destiny that it was the fated hour His rewardfor this battle was an honorable death in battle and in essence immortalityHe is also supremely confident throughout the text from the very first time hemeets Hrothgar where he declared And now I shall crush the giant Grendel in singlecombat
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