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In reading the epic poem of Beowulf, the main character, Beowulf, has the characteristics of an epic hero by showing skill and courage, enduring fame, and royal responsibility . In the epic poem of Beowulf, Beowulf shows extraordinary and almost superficial skill and courage at the Slaying of Grendel, the Troll-Wife, and the Dragon. Due to the courageous slaying of the unwanted creatures Beowulf also becomes accustomed to the idea of enduring fame. Beowulf also must …

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…killing Grendel, Grendels dam, and the Dragon, Beowulf shows skill and courage to his people by showing his strength and endurance. By killing the Dragon even though he knows that the outcome will probably lead to death he shows the characteristic of royal responsibility. By giving Beowulf the land to govern it shows that he was enduring fame. All these are characteristics of an epic hero, and that was what Beowulf was.... an epic hero