Beowulf Essay

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The main character in the epic poem “Beowulf”, whose legendary and heroic actions are central to the Anglo-Saxon culture, is Beowulf. Beowulf is a hero who embodies the ideal characteristics in the Anglo-Saxon culture; these characteristics all come together to make up an epic tale. He possesses the virtues, traits and beliefs that were respected in the Anglo-Saxon culture. Beowulf displays these virtues in his own actions and words during different circumstances throughout the tale.
Beowulf was "the strongest of the Geats" and also "greater and stronger than anyone anywhere in this world". Beowulf is shown to be the strongest among the strong. Physical strength was very much envied by the Anglo-Saxon culture. Beowulf could slay the greatest monster of all, Grendel. Beowulf killed Grendel; Grendel had never come to such a match among a stronger person "That shepherd of sins soon found that never before had he felt in any man other in all the earth a mightier hand-grip”(565-570). This shows the physical strength that Beowulf embodied.
Beowulf was fearless of all opponents and fought to defend his fame and glory. Beowulf did not need to tell anyone that he was fearless; he showed them how fearless he was. Beowulf needed no sword or shield to protect him from Grendel when he killed Grendel with his own hands " And I give you pledge, She shall not in safety escape to cover, To earthy cavern, or forest fastness, Or gulf of ocean, go where she may. This day with patience endure the burden, Of every woe, as I know you will." (903-908). Beowulf jumped in the water to fight Grendel’s mourning mother, he did not know where he was going yet, and he went for glory and fame showing no fear.
Beowulf displayed that he was very resourceful, as well as, the other traits listed. He shows how intelligent he can be when he was fighting Grendel’s mother and he became weary and…...

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