Characteristics of Beowulf
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In reading the epic poem of Beowulf, the main character, Beowulf, has the characteristics

of an epic hero by showing skill and courage, enduring fame, and royal responsibility . In

the epic poem of Beowulf, Beowulf shows extraordinary and almost superficial skill and

courage at the Slaying of Grendel, the Troll-Wife, and the Dragon. Due to the courageous

slaying of the unwanted creatures Beowulf also becomes accustomed to the idea of

enduring fame. Beowulf also must accept the concept of protecting his people as a royal

responsibility. The epic poem begins with the slaying of Grendel. In the slaying of the

abnormally large creature Beowulf shows portentous skills and courage.

Beowulf's shows extraordinary skill and courage; which is an example of an epic

hero. In the poem of Beowulf, Beowulf shows courage and skill by slaying Grendel

without the use of a shield or sword. The reason why Beowulf decides to kill Grendel with

out the use of any armor is because Beowulf feels that he should have no advantages over

Grendel. By conquering Grendel without any armor Beowulf proves to the people that he

truly is courageous and skillful. The following paragraph shows the reader just how

"I count myself weaker in war or grapple of battle than Grendel himself. Therefore

I scorn to slay him with sword, Deal deadly wound, as I well might do-nothing he

knows of a noble fighting, Of thrusting and hewing and hacking of shield"

Beowulf also shows skill and courage when he defeats the Troll Wife. (The mother of

Grendel) After the killing of many Thanes in the Mead Hall Beowulf is able to kill The

Troll Wife with the use of the Hrunting. He defeats The Troll Wife with a thrust at the

throat, which broke through the bone rings of The Troll Wife. Once again Grendel

exemplifies the characteristics of an epic hero. Beowulf also shows skill and courage in the

killing of the Dragon. In the s...

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