Beowulf is the strongest of the Geats — greater / and stronger than anyoneanywhere in this world (ll.110-111). Even though he is famous for his massivestrength, Beowulf has other attributes that are noticeable other than hisstrength. These attributes, arrogance, bravery, and a strong love for his peopleare what make Beowulf become such a powerful, epic hero. Beowulf is arrogant. Heconstantly brags about his supreme strength.
The strongest man alive letspeople know that he is the most powerful person around by saying, no strengthis a match for mine (l.267). Beowulf does not think that he could ever bedestroyed by anything.
He obviously never questiones how his fighting abilitywould be when he was around seventy. Since Beowulf is convinced that God iswatching over him, his ego makes him act as if he is invincible, because of theidea that he has a guardian angel. But, as Beowulf gets older, wiser, and fightsin more battles he should realize that there was a possibility that he can die.Beowulf also boasts about his many battles, and is proud of himself for winningall of them. One of these triumphs is the battle in the water when he meets upwith nine sea monsters which he killeds, and fights with a monster that isdigging its jaws into Beowulfs flesh. Beowulf proclaims that I foughtthat beasts last battle, / left it floating in the sea (ll.290-291).
Thisepic tale reads that while Beowulf is in battle with Grendels mother, all hecares was about the fame he would get for defeating her. Unferth thinks thatBeowulf was arrogant, by saying, Youre Beowulf, are you the same /Boastful fool who fought a swimming / Match with Brecca (ll.239-241).
Yes,Beowulf is a boastful fool that loves the attention that his strength gives him.A strong man and an arrogant one, Beowulf is also brave. Even after all of thehorror stories that he hears about Grendel, he still fights the cursed beastwithout any hesitation. When he battles with Grendel, he does it without thethings that everyone else would use–weapons.
This shows that Beowulf is notscared of anything in the world. He also must be brave to fight a sea monsterafter swimming in the ocean for days. He went straight into battle exhausted,from the strenuous journey across the ocean. The bravery that he possesses,along with an arrogant mentality that no one can defeat him keeps Beowulf fromquitting at a time that anyone else would. In addition to being brave, Beowulfthinks of his people all of the time. Even when he was not a member of the clan,he still fought for them.
He cares if they are being terrorized or killed, andshows his love by endlessly going into fights, each battle tougher than the onebefore. Even when he is dying after his battle with the dragon, all that hethinks about is the treasure that his clan would be able to use to theiradvantage. The leader of the Geats even thanks God for letting him help hispeople while he lived. He gives them the bravest leader under him in Wiglaf,which was the best gift for his people, since like Beowulf, Wiglaf was brave.
Tobe a real hero, Beowulf needs to have some kind of personality to make him a manof epic proportions. Beowulf is arrogant, but through all of his arrogance, hestill has a kind heart, is brave, and cares for his people. A person who upholdsthese qualities is truly a hero and a great example for all of mankind to lookup to. People in this world should also mold their hearts after a person likeBeowulf, because even though he is not perfect, he still strives to be thestrongest, and has the biggest heart known to Herot, and the world.English Essays