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The Role Of The Hero In Beowulf

1298 words - 5 pages


Beowulf is a warrior of Hygelac who was the strongest of men alive in that day. Beowulf was mighty and noble. He learns that a monster named Grendel is terrorizing King Hrothgar and his people, the Danes. He swears to kill the monster with his bare hands and travels to Herot to do so.

Grendel is a terrible and strong monster that terrorizes the Danes. Beowulf becomes a hero when he confronts Grendel and grabs him making Grendel afraid for his fate. Nevertheless, who is the real hero? Some think Beowulf is, but others, think is Grendel. No warrior before Beowulf dared fight Grendel, and Beowulf is able to kill Grendel. Grendel’s mother is angry with Beowulf for he has killed her only son. She attacks the Danes too and Beowulf fights her, killing her also. Grendel is bad because he attacked the Dane warriors and eats them. These attacks make the people and the king fear him.

It is obvious that Beowulf is the hero of the poem. Nevertheless, he becomes a hero for killing both monsters and therefore saving the Danes from the attack. Is the good guy the one who kills the alleged enemy or the one who allows them to live? Is this one the bad guy? Beowulf is the bad guy for he kills Grendel with fierce and no compassion. He prepared himself and planned how to kill Grendel before he arrived in Herot. He also kills Grendel’s mother who wanted to avenge her only son’s murder.


Beowulf is an anonymous heroic epic poem from the 11th century. It tells the story a brave Hyelac’s warrior who fights a monster named Grendel. Grendel is terrorizing King Hrothgar and the Danes. Beowulf goes to Herot destined to fight and kill the terrible monster.
Grendel's identification with Beowulf is so strong that even his mother can feel it. He can sense it something is coming that will have a great effect on Grendel. It seems Beowulf is Grendel's destiny. He cannot avoid it; all of his protestations are useless. Beowulf is arriving to kill Grendel. When Grendel’s mother decides to avenge her only son’s death, Beowulf fights her and kills her.
Beowulf becomes king and rules for 50 years. When fights the dragon, it bites his neck but even wounded Beowulf gathers strength and kills the dragon. However it is a bitter victory for Beowulf, he is mortally ill and dies from the wounds.
This essay examines both Grendel and Beowulf, of good and evil. It discusses the main character in each book and their different idea as to what good and evil are.


Beowulf is a brave and fearless warrior beloved by his people. He is the strongest man alive; he is a “monster” warrior capable of fighting anything or anyone. Beowulf fights many monsters over his life-time but probably his most famous battle involves a monster named Grendel. Beowulf has a reputation...

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