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There are certain characteristics that make up a super hero or a heroine. Some of those characteristics are the desire to help others, courage, courtesy, bravery, superhuman acts, and the ability to accomplish anything. The hero Beowulf, from the story Beowulf, is an invincible person with great traits of a super hero. He is able to use his physical strength and courage to put his people before himself. He encounters dreadful monsters and the most vicious of beasts and never fears the threat of death. Beowulf is the ultimate super hero who risks his life countless times for immortal glory and for the good of others.

One of the characteristics he possesses is selflessness. Beowulf lives in the land of the Geats. He hears that the leader of the Danes, Hrothgar, is having problems with a monster that is killing off his men for the past years. He goes to the king of the Geats, Higlac and asks him to let him take some of his best men and go over the land of the Danes to help fight this monster.

Beowulf shows the desire to help others. Furthermore when he arrives to in the land of the Danes he shows his courtesy by praising Hrothgar and telling him how brave he was for his victories in the battles. He also shows courtesy when he reaches the shore and leaves his weapons there to show that he comes in peace. Beowulf possesses the quality of courtesy.

Second, he shows the quality of courage and bravery. Beowulf, for example tells the Hrothgar that he will fight the monster without any weapons and with out any help. Another time was when the monster, Grendel shows up at the mead hall while everyone is sleeping. Beowulf battles the monster himself, tears off the monster's arm, and hangs it up to show that he had won. To get revenge, Grendal's mother show's up and tries to kill him, but with his superhuman strength, he kills Grendal's mother with his sword. Beowulf demonstrated bravery and courage, which heroes most likely possessed in times of chaos.