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Elements of the Epic HeroSupernatural AbilitiesBeowulf is a noble and brave warrior who possesses superhuman strength andsupernatural abilities to hold his breath underwater for more than a day, while in battleHis QuestBeowulf gathers 14 men and heads out for Heorot where he has heard the stories ofGrendel’s murdersBattling the demon is no minor tasks and no one else has been brave enough or evencapable to do itBeowulf proves his strength and bravery by defeated Grendel without any weapons anddefeats Grendel’s mother with only a sword while holding his breathBeowulf assures Hrothgar and his people their safetyHrothgar rewards Beowulf for his deedSupernatural Elements in BeowulfThere are demons and monsters through the story that live amongst peopleThe supernatural realm is a place where humans cannot enter, but since Beowulf issupernatural, he can enter the realm to fight Grendel’s motherThe realm is described as, “frost-stiffened wood, the overhanging bank is a maze of tree-roots mirrored in its surface. At night there, the water burns.” lines 1363-66A gold-hoarding dragon emerges from sleep and Beowulf fights him, both been slainLow PointBeowulf is almost defeated by Grendel’s mother, but his armor is too strong and saveshim from her knifeBeowulf swings his sword and strikes Grendel’s motherBlood is seen on the surface and his men think Beowulf is deadBeowulf emerges victorious which leads us into the ResurrectionResurrection

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Katie Winkle

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