Beowulf's Transition To An Epic Hero

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Throughout the epic Beowulf, the main character transitions from an adolescent into an adult. He does this through becoming an epic hero. Every part of the book is a step towards him becoming a true epic hero. Beowulf transitions from an adolescent to an epic hero by fighting Grendel, killing Grendel’s mother, and fighting the dragon. Beowulf’s battle against Grendel is the first step toward the transition from adolescent to an epic hero. Beowulf fought Grendel with his bare hands. It is significant that Beowulf fought Grendel with his bare hands because “the sharpest and hardest iron could not scratch at his hand”(375). Because of this it made the attempted help of his Geats pointless. This shows that he is stronger than an adolescent but…show more content…
Beowulf dove into the lake and “for hours he sank through the waves,” which shows that Beowulf is not an average warrior (1495). Between the battle of Beowulf and Grendel’s mother, he kills her using the super-natural sword made by the giants. This is significant because it shows he has the ability to lift the super- natural sword. It also adds to his transition because he is maturing and gaining more strength by lifting the sword. When Beowulf kills her he is gifted the title of a superhero. Due to the defeating if Grendel’s mother, Beowulf has gone the farthest in his society. With this being said, he now holds the highest title that no warrior has ever…show more content…
Beowulf is no longer fighting for his safety, he is fighting for golf for his people. This shows he is maturing because he no longer cares about the good of himself, he now cares mainly about the good of his people. The battle he is next faced with is a dragon, which is a huge step for him considering he is only used to fighting smaller creatures. Beowulf is now maturing and just before entering the cave he tells his men “my heart is firm, my hands calm: I need no hot words. Wait for me close by, my friends“ (2530). Because of the intensity of this fight, he is lacking in the confidence category and uses actual weapons. Shockingly enough Beowulf doesn’t endure this fight alone, he chooses Wiglaf to defeat the dragon with him. Beowulf is seriously injured during this fight and ends up dying which concludes in his title as an epic hero. All in all, Beowulf’s transition starts as if a baby starts the stages of walking. He started with fighting Grendel leading to killing Grendel’s mother and later taking the huge risk of fighting the dragon. Even though Beowulf didn’t live to see his own maturing, he did something many did not; he died an epic

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