beowulf's heroism Essay

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Heroic Beowulf
Beowulf was written in the eighth century by an unknown author. This story is centered on Beowulf, the main character, who goes to Denmark to offer his aid in fighting off, Grendel, the monster who has been haunting them. Beowulf most definitely proves to be a hero. His heroism is demonstrated 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 them. Beowulf came and was ready to fight but Grendel’s mother fled. Disregarding his own safety Beowulf relentlessly tracks Grendel’s mother to her cave, where the head of the chieftain was found. Despite how huge Grendel’s mother was, Beowulf stuck it out till the end and eventually stabbed Grendel’s mother leading to her death.

The third time the reader