How Does Beowulf Show Heroism

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Originating in the Anglo-Saxon period, Burton Raffel’s translation of the epic poem “Beowulf” portrays a well-known hero who aspires to take on many great challenges. Honored and admired by many people, Beowulf possesses many of the virtues in which the Anglo-Saxons hold as the greatest attributes of their epic heroes. He exhibits these virtues through his loyalty to his king and followers, his eagerness to seek fame through his heroic deeds and family lineage, and his beliefs of faith and fate. Referred to as “The strongest of the Geats - Greater and stronger than anyone anywhere in this world”, Beowulf exemplifies heroism through his great strength and courage (110-111). Lead by fate, Beowulf sails across the sea to the Danish shore in anticipation to defeat the demon which feeds upon king Hrothgar and his people. With his strength and valor he defeats Grendel as he had intended, without any…show more content…
Beowulf was intelligent in the way that he led his followers without letting fear get the best of him; strongly believing life was in the hands of fate as he went beyond all limitations, during battle, to achieve great honor and valor. Always not knowing what to expect, Beowulf demonstrated his great intelligence and confidence reiterating that “If weapons were useless he’d use his hands, the strength in his fingers (609-610).” Beowulf embodies quintessential characterizes of an Anglo-Saxon hero. He possesses unfaltering loyalty to his king and followers, strength as he is able to defeat each of his rivals, and courage though he is motivated primarily by his own perception of fate. Along with obtaining all the virtues of an Anglo-Saxon hero, Beowulf achieves his desire for immortality. He shows even after fifty-five years as king he never looses his ambition to protect his people and reinstate his title as the strongest and most honored

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