Beowulf What Is a True Hero

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A true hero does not fear death or, but instead risks all that he is for what he believes to be right, moral. Beowulf is an epic and tells the story of a legendary hero, conquering all obstacles as if he was immortal. Up until the end of Beowulf’s life he was constantly looking to be the hero. However, his humanity is exposed by his death. Heroes all share the characteristic of their willingness to die in their effort to accomplish their heroic act, thus making the act in itself heroic. Throughout the epic, Beowulf in many ways exhibited all the qualities and characteristics needed to be a true hero. Grendel’s attack on the mead hall was much unexpected. Grendel is your classic "outcast." Because of the sins of his forefathers, specifically Cain who killed his brother Abel, Grendel and other descendants of Cain were banished by God. The beast Grendel lives alone in a dark, cold cave. Night after night he hears the Danes loudly celebrating in the mead hall and it drives him mad with rage and envy. He slaughters the Danes because of this. So at the root of his attacks are the very human emotions of sadness, isolation and envy. Grendel is actually a pretty sympathetic character, if you really think about it. Beowulf's battle with Grendel serves as Beowulf's first great, heroic achievement in the poem. Hearing of Hroogar's plight and Grendel's laying siege on Heorot, Beowulf travels to Heorot to defeat Grendel. Upon arriving at Heorot, Beowulf and his fellow warriors spend the evening. Beowulf does not carry any sort of weapon because he feels doing so would provide him with an unfair advantage over the unarmed Grendel. Beowulf and his men spend the night in mead hall. After they fall asleep, Grendel enters the hall and eats one of Beowulf's men having pretended to be sleeping, he then leaps up and grabs Grendel's arm in a wrestling hold, and the two battle until it

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