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In the epic poem Beowulf, how do Beowulf's heroic qualities affect the story?

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In the epic poem Beowulf, Beowulf's heroic qualities are essential to the progression of the plot. His heroism sets up the major battle scenes and conflicts of the poem.

Near the start of the poem, Beowulf has heard that the monster Grendel is terrorizing Hrothgar's kingdom. Grendel is angered by the sounds of celebration in the mead hall at night and goes to the hall to kill and eat the men who are feasting there. This continues for some time, and no one seems able to stop it. Beowulf decides to go to Hrothgar's kingdom with his own men to try to defeat the beast. Beowulf is granted permission by...

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