An Epic Hero In the epic poem Beowulf, many qualifications can be found for the archetype, Beowulf, to be an epic hero. His bravery Is shown through his desire for a quest and a battle with a supernaturally strong man-eating beast. He Is unafraid of his Imminent death battling the sinister, evil monster, Grenade. He Is highly esteemed and his reputation for greatness precedes him after defeating Grenade. These traits are proved throughout this Anglo-Saxon epic poem.
As soon as news travels around that Grenade is terrorizing the town of Hereto, Beowulf is more than eager to help. He seeks out the bravest and strongest of the Seats, fourteen to be exact, to go on his quest and sails to Hereto: So Beowulf Chose the mightiest men he could find, The bravest and best of the Seats, fourteen In all… (Lines 119-122). Once they made it to the town, they were greeted by King Warthogs and one of his thanes.
Beowulf desire for a quest shown through when he explained how he heard of Grenade’s attacks and wanted to help Warthogs and his people: Now Grenade and I are called Together and Vive come. Grant me, then, Lord and protector of this noble place, A single request! (159-162). Beowulf had already defeated many other monsters before Grenade so Warthogs was elated to hear these words and decided to throw a banquet in his honor. After the town rejoiced and partied all evening, they finally went to sleep, except for Beowulf.
He waited for Grenade to arrive. Not long after everyone fell asleep, Grenade swiftly and silently made his way in to the hall of the men he thought would be his next supper. To analyze how Grenade fought, Beowulf watched as the beast scooped up a vulnerable victim with ease and sucked the life out of him. Before he could lay a claw on his next victim, he is seized by Beowulf supernaturally strong grip. He tries to flee but cannot.
Beowulf fourteen men try to step In, Jabbing at the monster, but cannot penetrate his skin because he has bewitched every mortal man’s blade to where they are blunt. It’s all up to Beowulf at this point. Beowulf grips onto Grenade’s arm and breaks it completely off his body. The monster flees to the depth of his oceanic home to die and Beowulf keeps the arm as a trophy and a sign that the terrorist is dead. Before Beowulf battled Grenade, he told King Warthogs that if he were to die while fighting Grenade that there doesn’t need to be a grave prepared for him.
There will be o corpse because Grenade will have eaten him whole: “There’ll be nothing to mourn over, no corpse to prepare/ For its grave: Grenade will carry our bloody/ Flesh to the moors, crunch on our bones… ” (180-182). He has accepted fate and believes that no matter what happens, God has a plan for him. He doesn’t want anyone to cry over his death and doesn’t want a big funeral. Right from the beginning, the epic reveals how loved and honored Beowulf Is to everybody: “None/ Of the wise ones regretted his going, much/ As he was loved by the Seats… ” (116-118).
As previously stated, Beowulf was thrown a banquet in his ore than he already was, and praised by all the towns-people, but not enough to depreciate King Warthogs: On earth or under the spreading sky Or between the seas, neither south nor north Was there a warrior worthier to rule over men. (But no one meant Beowulf praise to belittle Warthogs, their kind and gracious king! )… (540-544). Beowulf meets many qualifications to be an epic hero. He’s brave, unshakable by anything and he is loved by many. This battle was between good and evil and good definitely triumphed. Through hard work and dedication, Beowulf became the victor.