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Beowulf exemplifies the traits of an exceptional warrior and an extraordinary hero The poem explains the details of this incredible characters life We still do not know for certain if there ever actually was a Beowulf and we also have never been able to determine the writer of the poem Beowulf We do know for certain that Beowulf was indeed a hero in his time He is an egocentric warrior who conquered the impossible He portrays all of the traits that a great warrior hero and king would possess The strong and courageous Beowulf reveals his heroic characteristics at an early age He also depicts traits of a great warrior such as pride courtesy and loyalty In the poem Beowulf defeats the evil Grendel and even Grendels mother These great victories add to Beowulfs reputation as a hero We learn that being a hero involves much more than muscle and brawn Hrothgar ruler of the Danes becomes a mentor and even a father figure to Beowulf He teaches Beowulf how to be a wise leader and a great warrior He knows that with power come privileges and dangers Beowulf becomes much more mature through his relationship with Hrothgar The poem continues in Geatland at the end of Beowulfs life The poem skips most of the middle of Beowulfs life The poem does explain some of the events that occurred during this time period through retrospect We find out more about this great warriors life and we learn that he has become king He proves himself worthy of the throne by not rushing for the throne He instead supports Hygelacs inheritance of the throne which is great symbol of loyalty and just another sign of his great leadership He is celebrated as a great hero and leader At the end of the poem Beowulf is faced with a serious conflict This conflict is the encounter with the dragon Even at his old age he continues
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