Beowulf Was NOT a Hero While reading the story of Beowulf, the author showed that Beowulf was not a hero after all. Around the middle of the story is when it was revealed Beowulf was not a hero. Beowulf always thought of himself as the best and that no one could defeat him, that nothing could defeat him. Beowulf was a great warrior but he was ... Sep 12, 2011 · Beowulf has some of the “characteristics of a hero” as the archetypal hero. He comes from semi-mysterious origins because we find out in the epic poem that he was a “foundling”, an orphan. But we also know that his father was a well-known king, King Shield Sheafson.
Beowulf describes a world not of Christian harmony and logos but rather of barely restrained chaos, in which life is at best somewhat futile and at worst totally meaningless. Religion and courtly manners have not become as elaborate, and are generally more fluid. Beowulf is judged a hero, then, against different criteria.