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BEOWULF Did Beowulf truly obtain the qualities of an epic hero In the epic poem Beowulf Beowulfs character traits prove to be the depiction of an epic hero Beowulfs traits of boastfulness bravery and amazing strength are the proof of his heroism Beowulfs boastfulness may not be the most convincing heroic trait but it certainly was important to the people of his time Beowulf boasted to Unferth to clarify Unferths misunderstanding of a swimming event between Beowulf and Breca in which they swam out to sea and remained there for five nights Beowulf informed Breca of how they were seperated after five nights in a storm He boasted of the nine sea monsters he slayed while he floated about Beowulf boasted to Hygelac of his victories over Grendel and his mother while he was in Danes land He also boasted to Wiglaf in his dying words ie line 1889 I have ruled the Geats for fifty winters no king of any neighbouring tribe has dared attack me with swords or sought to cow and subdue me In Anglo Saxon time any hero or persons of great accomplishments were expected to boast to express their greatness Bravery was a greater aspect of Beowulfs heroic traits Beowulf was very brave to fight Grendel Grendel was a tremendously feared monster by the Danes Beowulf fought him with no armor or protection of any kind for reasons stated in line 588 I count myself no less active in battle no less brave than Grendel himself thus I will not send him to sleep with my sword Beowulf proved himself even braver by coming to fight a monster he knew nothing about He only heard of a hellish monsters crimes thus sailed over the sea to assist the famous leader
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