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Is Beowulf A Hero ByDevin When people think of Beowulf they think hero but is that entirely true Its an easy argument to make about Beowulf being heroic Describing him as non-heroic is a little more of a challenge He is trustworthy generous inspiring and brave on several accounts in this classic story For example he promises to help the Danes and rid them of their problems He succeeds in doing so by defeating Grendal and later Grendals mother By doing these feats he receives tremendous amounts of treasure which he promptly gives to his king This generosity aids Beowulf in securing his image as a hero He inspires men all around him by his very actions In his final battle with the Dragon he is fighting a losing battle and yet he continues to vanquish the evil that is the Dragon This action inspires Wiglaf to take up arms with his king to battle the mighty Dragon Beowulfs bravery is apparent every time he enters battle against seemingly impossible odds He has strength comparable to no other living man He has survived great ordeals from sea monsters to demonic monsters He cares deeply for his people and thinks of them even as he is dying from a battle that he fought for them How could a man with all of these heroic traits not be a hero Selfish Greedy Conceited Boastful Overconfident If you look closely you can see the many flaws that make up the person we know as Beowulf the hero of epic proportions As the prince of the Geats he should have a substantial amount of wealth yet he accepts treasure from a country that has just experienced great losses Beowulf is exceedingly selfish where he must be the one to kill every monster allowing no other person to take any credit for a heroic kill At every chance he gets Beowulf brags of his great accomplishments in life
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