Beowulf depicts the traits of an ideal hero. He can be described as a fearless fighter with tremendous strength and an honorable man willing to risk it all.
The strength of Beowulf is similar to the almighty power of thirty men. For example line 111 quoted, “And stronger than anyone anywhere in this world.” Beowulf was easily compared to superheroes only seen on TV! He is brave, and he has confidence bordering on absurdity. He chooses to fight Grendel disarmed and without any armor. Lines 339-340 quoted, “He twisted in pain/ and the bleeding sinews deep in his shoulder/ snapped, muscle and bone split.” Beowulf used his powerful grip to defeat the invincible Grendel!
Not only is Beowulf strong, he is also very honorable. Lines 115-116 quotes “Would sail across the sea to Hrothgar/ now when help was needed.” This explains thoroughly how Beowulf is daring and noble. Honest men fear neither the light nor the dark. Beowulf is willing to risk his life in order to earn fame by killing Grendel. Lines 357-358 quote, “From the rafters where Beowulf had hung it was the monsters/ arm, claw and shoulder and all.” Beowulf feels like a dynamic figure in the town. He has accomplished what no one could ever do!
Beowulf is not a typical hero, but rather a more mundane hero, who’s only power is strength, and is bound by mortality. Honor is a quality not easily achieved. Beowulf, however, has easily acquired this trait, as he is respected for his great defeats all over the lands described in the epic.