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Beowulf: The Embodiment Of A Modern Day Hero

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A hero is defined as a man distinguished courage or ability; someone who is admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. When people are oppressed by an evil tyrant, a hero will rise above the circumstance, and conquer the evil that has harmed the people he wants to protect. The Anglo Saxon writer produced a great representation of a hero in Beowulf. If alive today, the protagonist Beowulf would be considered a hero. He possess attributes such as superhuman strength, unshakable bravery, and the willingness to not ever give up until the fight was won. Beowulf has the same attributes that many of the other heroes we have come to know have. The story Beowulf will paint a clear picture of what a hero should be like and show that Beowulf would be considered a hero if alive.
When going into battle against an opponent, Beowulf predominantly relied on his superhuman strength rather than weapons to fight monsters. An example of this can be found in lines 133 through 139 when Beowulf says “Grendel is no braver, no stronger Than I am! I could kill him with my sword; I shall not, Easy as it would be. This fiend is a bold And famous fighter, but his claws and teeth Scratching at my shield, his clumsy fists Beating at my sword blade, would be helpless. I will meet him With my hands empty-unless his heart fails him seeing a soldier waiting…” Beowulf did not want to place his hope in his weaponry, but rather the strength that the Lord has blessed him with. With the Lord’s favor on Beowulf’s side, the fate of the evil monster known as Grendel was sealed in defeat. The hero climbed atop the monster and ripped off his arms from his body. Mortally wounded, Grendel fled to his den only to die after succumbing to his wounds. Beowulf emerged victorious claiming the evil monsters arms as his trophies.
Following the vicious battle with Grendel, the evil monster’s mother desired revenge as she grieved her son’s death. She exacted her revenge by killing Esher, Hrothgar’s closest friend. Beowulf and...

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