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The hero of an epic normally embodies the ideals of conduct that are most valued by the culture in which the epic was composed Beowulf embodies the ideals of the Anglo-Saxon culture in his actions Some of the virtues he embodies are religion strength and his behavior as king First of all throughout the story of Beowulf one finds many elements of Christian philosophy One of the examples of Beowulfs strong catholic beliefs are that man only survives through the protection of God Throughout the story Beowulf repeatedly acknowledges God as his protector When Beowulf relates his battle with Grendels mother he states The fight would have ended straightaway if God had not guarded me Beowulf also stated that God offers earthly protection When Beowulf was about to fight Grendels mother in her cave he sees a great weapon hanging on the wall but he does not take credit for this protection The credit is given to God for he says But the Weilder of Men granted me that I should see hanging on a wall a fair ancient great sword Next Beowulf embodies the traits of heroism Beowulf portrays the most heroic man of the Anglo-Saxon times The hero Beowulf is a seemingly invincible person with all the extraordinary traits required of a hero Beowulf is a hero in the eyes of his fellow men through his amazing physical strength He fought in many battles and returned victorious in all but his last Beowulf is also strong enough to kill the monster Grendel who has been terrorizing the Danes for twelve years with is bare hands by ripping off his arm When Beowulf is fighting Grendels mother who is seeking revenge of her sons death he is able to slay her by slashing the monsters neck with a giants sword that cannot be lifted by another person When he chops off her head he carries it to the ocean with ease but
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