Beowulf: An Ideal Hero

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Beowulf Beowulf is an ideal hero in this time. He personifies extraordinary strength, courage, loyalty and a seeming indifference to death. Insomuch, it is those very same qualities that lead him to an impressive amount of pride in himself, which could quite possibly cause the demise of the kingdom he had ruled for fifty years. Beowulf displays his first traits as a hero in the passage [The Hero Comes to Heorot] (197-198) where he is described as “like no one else alive” and “the mightiest man on earth.” It is also in this passage, that he announces his intentions to save Heorot from Grendel (199-201). When he is speaking to Hrothgar, he tells him that his people have supported his decision to come and…show more content…
As his speech continues, he also boasts that he will “renounce sword and the shelter of the broad shield,” (436-437) and fight Grendel in hand to hand combat. In this instance, he is displaying courage, confidence in his own abilities as well as a calm arrogance in knowing that he can accomplish such a mighty feat. The courage and loyalty he displays by going to Heorot and helping people not his own are what make him an idyllic hero. He knows that he is unconquerable, and that only he can help in these times, and he doesn’t shirk what he foresees as his duties as a hero. During the Feast at Heorot, Hrothgar’s son Unferth casts aspirations on Beowulf’s mighty claims, pointing out the swimming match that Beowulf supposedly “lost” as a youth. Beowulf’s rebuttal (530-581) recounts the perils he encountered in the swimming match; notably, the nine sea monsters he vanquished during his swim! He also chides Unferth (581-601) by criticizing his swordsmanship, his courage and his wit, and points out that he, Beowulf, would not have had to come to these shores were Unwerth nearly as valiant as he seems to believe he is. After Beowulf defeats Grendel in a mighty battle, and Grendel’s mother exacts revenge on Heorot,

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