Beowulf is an exemplary human being who functions as an ideal person. His courage and effectiveness in fighting is balanced by his love for family, generosity, compassion, and overall avoidance of unnecessary violence.
Some of Beowulf's characteristics are as follows:
Loving and loyal to family: Beowulf was raised by his grandfather from age seven. He loves and remains loyal to his grandfather, Hrethel, as well as to his uncle, Hygelac.
Compassionate towards others: Beowulf offers sympathy and words of comfort to Hrothgar when his son dies, and he worries about Freawaru's marriage. He defeats monsters, but we learn of him killing only two humans, despite his being a great warrior. He also rules his kingdom peacefully.
Faith-filled: Beowulf has a strong faith in God's presence in his life and believes that God guides human affairs. He is able to, with trust, put his fate in God's hands.
Dutiful: Beowulf takes responsibility for civilization beyond his own family and homeland, traveling across the sea to aid Hrothgar in defeating Grendel. He is selflessly willing to risk himself for others.
Strength: Beowulf has immense physical strength. This bodily trait is essential to his ability to defeat Grendel.
Courage: Beowulf models courage in his fearless willingness to confront monsters in order to protect the larger social order.