An epic hero is the main person who has the higher level qualities and risks personal dangers to chase a main quest. Beowulf is a great example of an epic hero because he shows many brave acts such as risking his own life for the good of his society. Beowulf shows all of these characteristics in many situations throughout the poem. Beowulf keeps bragging and bragging about all the good things that he has done, but towards the end of the poem he shows that he is truly is a great as he says he is.
First and foremost, Beowulf clearly shows that he will do anything for fame, glory, and the greater for his society. He risks his life in the adventures that he took throughout the poem to achieve those goals. An example of him risking his life for the fame and society whenever Beowulf decides that he is going to kill the dragon for his people. He shows that he is willing to fight for the good when he says, ?This isn’t your, nor is it up to any man except me to measure his strength against the monster or prove his worth.
I shall win the gold by my courage, or else mortal combat, doom of battle, will bear your lord away? (where it came from). Beowulf ?s great courage and his will to fight helps him to kill the dragon. Since he was willing to risk his life for others, by that he gained glory.
The people felt that all of the good things that he did made him deserve honor.
Another example of him risking death to fight for his people who need his help, is whenever ?In his far off home, Beowulf, Higlac’s follower and Hickman 2 the second strongest of the Geats-greater and stronger than anyone ever in this world-heard how Grendel filled nights with horror and quickly commanded a boat fitted out, proclaiming that he ?d go to that famous king, would sail across the sea to Hrothgar, now when help was needed ? (where it came from). In this case, he shows that he cares about the greater good society and will be there whenever his society needs his help. There are plenty other situations throughout the poem, that shows his courage to risk his life for the society and fame. Beowulf was always the one who volunteers for the risky situations.
A second heroic quality that Beowulf has is that he accomplishes many brave deeds. An example of these brave deeds is whenever he talks about killing the sea monster in the ocean. Beowulf says, ?A monster seized me, drew me swiftly towards the bottom, swimming with its claws tight in my flesh. But fate let me find its heart with my sword, hack myself free; I fought that beasts last battle, left it floating lifeless in the sea ? (where it came from). Beowulf seizing the sea monster is only one of many brave deeds that he accomplishes throughout the poem. Beowulf performs many brave deeds that no other human being would do. He is a strong believer in his own personal strength. Beowulf says, ?My lord Higlac might think less of me if I let my sword go where my feet were afraid to, if I hid behind some broad linden shield: my hands alone shall fight for me, struggle for life against the monster ? (where it came from). He shows his bravery and courage by refusing to use any of his weapons against Grendel.
Thirdly, Beowulf is very significant and glorified. All of the brave deeds that he accomplished and the strength that he possesses gained him so much respect and glorification from people. After he defeated Grendel ?The old and young rejoiced, turned back from that happy pilgrimage, mounted their hard hooved horses, high spirited stallion, and rode them slowly toward Herot again, retelling Hickman 3 Beowulf ?s bravery as they jogged along ? (where it came from). People have great love for Beowulf’s bravery and looked up to him. His accomplishments were talked about among everyone. He was a hero to many people. He was respected by all ?and over and over they swore that nowhere on earth or under the spreading sky or between the seas, neither north or south, was there a warrior worthier to rule over men ? (where it came from). People looked up to him because he accomplished many things that people never seen before. They glorified his name because of his bravery to stand u for them.
In conclusion, he had all of the great qualities of an epic hero. He performed many brave acts, risk his life for his society, and is very significant and glorified by all the people. Beowulf have never had a problem with putting himself in danger for the good of others. Though all of his quests he did nothing but prove to others that he is truly an epic hero