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Beowulf An Epic Hero Something that is extraordinary must come from a superbly made original This is true with the subject of the epic hero and more specifically with the work of Beowulf Beowulf which is the oldest surviving epic in Anglo-Saxon literature is a rich fabric of fact and fantasy Written by an anonymous scop in 6th century AD Beowulf tells the story of a protagonist who rids lands of monsters and all things evil The main character Beowulf is an epic hero because he fulfills the Anglo-Saxon traits of strength nobility and courage Three specific examples of these traits that occur in the poem are Beowulfs battle with the monster Grendel Beowulfs battle with Grendels mother the Sea-Hag and finally his last encounter with the fire breathing dragon A hero is a person noted for their act of courage and the nobleness of their purpose The hero of an epic poem embodies the ideals of conduct that are most valued by the culture in which the epic was composed Beowulf is described as a perfect hero who fights for his people and vanquishes evil with his extraordinary abilities to bring peace and justice Three of Beowulfs traits that support this are his amazing physical strength his nobleness and decency toward people and his fearless and courageous nature Beowulf is a hero in the eyes of his fellow men through his amazing physical strength He fights in numerous battles and returns victorious from all but his last Beowulf is strong enough to kill the monster Grendel who has been terrorizing the Danes for twelve years with his bare hands by ripping off Grendels arm He Grendel twisted in pain and the bleeding sinews deep in his shoulder snapped muscle and bone split and broke 105-108 This feat of great strength really opened the eyes of the Danes to Beowulfs greatness Beowulf proves himself worthy of the peoples praise once again when he is
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