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In the historic epic Beowulf its title character Beowulf is perceived as an unconventional as well as a traditional hero in current society Beowulf the son of Ecgtheow and Hygelacs thane is presented as a fearless warrior to the audience This acknowledgment of Beowulf causes the readers to instantly recognize that Beowulf is a well-respected man Beowulfs magnitude is seen at the very beginning of the poem as the narrator states The man whose name was known for courage the Geat Leader Heaney 25 Beowulf is announced to the Danish people with magnificence Before proving Beowulfs heroic qualities the viewers are conscious of the fact that Beowulf is a great warrior and the son of a well admired man It can be distinguished that from Beowulfs opening statements he will become a hero Bravery is a key characteristic that identifies a hero Throughout the entire poem Beowulf appeared to possess infinite valor He displayed courage in his swimming competition with Breca and in his fights with Grendel Grendels mother and the dragon that fatally wounded him In all of Beowulfs struggles he revels wisdom strength and motivation In his clash against Grendel Beowulf utilizes his sheer strength to kill Grendel He used his mighty strength to rip off the monsters arm from the shoulder As stated by the narrator The monsters whole body was in pain a tremendous wound appeared on his shoulder Beowulf was granted the glory of winning Heaney 55 The defeat of Grendel fulfills Beowulfs heroic duty This is also seen with Grendels mother After Grendels death Grendels mother desires to avenge her child Beowulf fights her in water and still prevails By keeping true to his word Beowulf is able to prove his worth Near the end of poem Beowulf faces his last episode He takes on a dragon that is creating havoc upon the city Before facing the dragon he knows that he might die and yet still fights with
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