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Heroism of Beowulf

Beowulf was written in the eighth century by an unknown author. The story is centered on

Beowulf, the main character, who goes to Denmark to offer his assistance in fighting off, Grendel,

the monster who has been haunting them. Beowulf most definitely proves to be a hero. His

heroism is exemplified first when he kills Grendel, then when he kills Grendel's mother, and finally

when he kills the dragon, called Worm. This makes him a hero because he risks his own life to

save the people of Denmark.

The reader first experiences Beowulf's heroism when he encounters and then kills

Grendel. Grendel was a constant threat to the survival of the Danish people because he was using

them as food. One night Beowulf awakes to find Grendel over his bed. Rather than trying to

escape, Beowulf not only faces Grendel but also pursues him when he tries to escape. Like any

other hero Beowulf purses the danger until it is conquered.

The reader experiences Beowulf heroism a second time when he kills Grendel's mother.

Grendel's mother wanted to avenge her son's death and went back to the mead hall where a lot

of warriors slept and attacked. Beowulf came and was ready to fight but Grendel's mother fled.

Disregarding his own safety Beowulf persistently tracks Grendel's mother to her cave, where the

head of the chieftain was found. Despite how colossal Grendel's



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