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Throughout Beowulf Beowulfs acts of courage are what make him an epichero From fighting Grendel to his swimming match with Brecca Beowulfis proven to be a heroic figure In the end however it is his couragethat leads to his ultimate downfallBeowulfs first display of courage is when he meets Hrothgar and theDanes on his arrival at Herot He boldly tells Hrothgar in front of hismen that he alone and with the help of his men may purge all evilfrom this hall 431-442 Beowulf guarantees his victory over Grendelto Hrothgar without even knowing what he is up against Furthermore hegoes on to state after acknowledging Grendels lack of armor andweapons that nor will he and his Lord Higlac might thinkless of me if I let my sword go where my feet were afraid to435-437 He means that since Grendel uses no weapons or armor thereis no need for Beowulf to either seeing as he is the greatest heroalive These are the least harmless of Beowulfs courageous mistakesBeowulf again speaks of his greatness when Unferth calls him out on hisswimming match with Brecca Unferth insists that Beowulf was foolishsaying Youre Beowulf are you-the same boastful fool who fought aswimming match with Brecca 506-508 He goes on to insist thatBeowulf in fact lost the match with Brecca stating at the end victorywas his not yours 518-519 Beowulf not to be outdone goes on totell of his amazing victory over both Brecca and nine sea monsters Heasks Unferth what man anywhere under Heavens high arch has foughtin such darkness endured more misery or been harder pressed575-578 Beowulfs incessant bragging creates high expectations forhim when fighting Grendel and Grendels mother This pressure leads himto his final boast and his deathBeowulfs final boast of courage is his before his fight with thefire-breathing dragon Just before he goes into battle Beowulf tellshis followers Ive never known fear as a youth I fought in endlessbattles I am old now but I will fight
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