Beowulf: A True Anglo-Saxon Hero

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In Anglo-Saxon culture and literature, to be a hero was to be a warrior. A hero must be loyal to give everything for the survival of people without thinking of him and willing to die to achieve glory. A hero must display courage in the face of overwhelming or impossible odds, he must have the strength to back up his courage. Beowulf was born as a hero and died as a hero. He is an excellent example of Anglo-Saxon hero because he posses the strength, courage and loyalty like a true Anglo-Saxon warrior. He shows the all of the qualities and traits that a true hero possesses and still noted as a natural being and not a supernatural being. An epic poem, Beowulf presents the situation of good and evil and life and death. The poem shows Beowulf's…show more content…
He showed his great loyalty to Hrothgar by protecting his kingdom. Hrothgar , the king of Danes people were being attacked and killed by Grendel. Beowlf travel long in the sea and came to Hrothgar to help him and save his people from the monster Grendel (195-220). This shows that he was loyal and protected people of the other nation. Beowulf assures Hrothgar that he would fight to his death to defend the Danes (338-440). He showed fairness to all and believed that everybody was equal and no one was greater than anybody else. While in battle, Beowulf showed great loyalty to his enemies by fighting one-on-one. Neither he nor his foes had the upper hand (433-440). Another heroic trait of Beowulf is loyalty. For instance, the lines 165-166 clearly demonstrate the attribute of loyalty when Beowulf says, “That I, alone and with the help of my men may purge all evil from this hall.” This illustrates loyalty because not only does Beowulf use his hands to defeat Grendel, but he keeps his word strong to the king. This creates a bond of loyalty between them. Furthermore, the aspect of bravery is again revealed on lines 191-192 when Hrothgar says, “Beowulf, you’ve come to us in friendship, and because of the reception your father found at our court.” Loyalty is portrayed here

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