Characteristics of an epic hero (including (Exam)ples from Beowulf) Flashcard Example #42187

Is significant and glorified
Beowulf is a leader, hrothgar has heard of his reputation
Is on a quest
Chooses to go to the kingdom to defeat Grendel
Has superior are superhuman strength, intelligence and or courage
Rips off Grendel’s arm. Able to hold breath for hours. Uses giant sword no ordinary man could lift
Is ethical
Treats hrothgar with respect
Performs brave deeds
Rips Grendel’s arm off. Fights him with his bare hands. Defeats Grendel’s mother
Risks death for glory or for the greater good of society
Beouwulf vs. grendel
Vs. grendels mother
Vs. dragon

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