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What is an epic hero? An epic hero is a brave and noble character in an epic poem, admired for great achievements or affected by grand events. A well known epic hero is Beowulf. Beowulf portrays the characteristics of an epic hero in three ways. His characteristics show he is on a quest, performs brave deeds, and is significant and glorified.
The first and most obvious way Beowulf exemplifies the characteristics of an epic hero is he’s on a quest. The first quest he takes on in the battle with Grendel, a man eating demon. After he defeats Grendel he then has to go on a quest to kill Grendel’s mother. Even though he is old in age he endeavors one last quest, with the dragon, who he ends up defeating but during the battle Beowulf was mortally wounded and ends up dying.

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