When you think of a hero what comes into your head? Most of us think of capes, flying, and spandex outfits. In terms of Beowulf our observations are completely different. Beowulf shows characteristics of a hero because he not only fights with reason, he shows bravery, willingness to risk his life, and incredible strength.
One of the characteristics that shines through is his bravery. Throughout the entire story Beowulf shows many acts of bravery. His first act of bravery is him offering his help to Hrothgar even though he knows the journey ahead of him. Beowulf wasn’t like the other warriors, he wanted a fair fight, he proceeded to fight Grendel with his bare hands.