The Epic Hero Beowulf


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  • Performs Brave Deeds
  • Is on a quest
  • Risks Death for Glory or for the Greater Good of Society
  • "Beowulf had pulled Grendel's arm out of its socket!" page 42. Beowulf had gone against the horrifying murderous monster Grendel when no one else was to and ended up killing the monster and saving his people.
  • Has Superior or Superhuman Strength, Intelligence, and/or Courage
  • "Beowulf's men were weary and soon slept.They lay stretched out on couches all round the hall. Their sea voyaging, followed by the march to Heorot...Only Beowulf and Unferth stayed awake. They sat on either side of the throne, watching for Grendel's coming." page 36
  • Is Significant and Glorified
  • "If you love your country--as I'm sure you do--then you'll show us the way to the great hall Heorot" page 22
  • Is Ethical
  • "Sleep," said Beowulf softly. "Sleep deep and never wake again... Her body was melting. She was dead." page 71
  • "All this for Beowulf! Honor to Beowulf! Long live Beowulf, who has freed us from the monster Grendel." page 45
  • "He had promised Hrothgar that he would not sleep until he had found Grendel's Mother and rid hall Heorot of the threat of Her." page 63
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