Beowulf: Hero or a Zero?
When people declare Beowulf a hero, does the question of what makes a hero ever come to mind? Then someone might ask what type of people can heroes be? Beowulf is a hero because he fights for the sake of other people, and lives his life to protect others, which shows his courage and allows him to receive the glory that is brought upon him.
Beowulf is definitely brave for fighting and living his life to protect others. For example he battles the treacherous monster Grendel in order to ensure that the rest of the village was safe from the tyranny of this beast. Despite the fact that he conquers this beast alone he was supposed to have help but was abandoned at the last second. This makes the task much more difficult for Beowulf. This quote gives certain evidence that Beowulf fights for others: “A prince of the Geats, had killed Grendel, ended grief, the sorrow, the suffering forced on Hrothgar’s helpless people by a blood thirsty fiend “(“Beowulf” 352-355).
When there is a hero he must display great bravery such as Beowulf. Although Beowulf was not king until after he battled Grendel’s mother, he still showed a great deal of bravery before taking on the ultimate role of being king. According to an article by Damien Nash, this quote from the article describes the understanding of Beowulf’s bravery: “Beowulf, who is the strongest of all men, defends the hall of Lord Hrothgar. The hall of Hrothgar, which has been being attacked for over ten years by the monster Grendel, is in need of help. Because the current thanes of Hrothgar cannot fulfill the comitatus code of defending their lord, Beowulf provides the strength and courage needed to defeat the monster, Grendel.” (“Nash” 11-12) This quote shows how Beowulf displays confidence and bravery despite his age: “I’ve never known fear, as a youth I fought in endless battles. I am old, now, but I will fight again, seek fame still” (“Beowulf” 608-609). Another example of...