What is an Epic and an Epic Hero?
An epic is a quest story on a grand scale. In this case, Beowulf!
An epic hero is the central figure in a long narrative that reflects the values and heroic ideals of a particular society. In this case, the Anglo-Saxon society.
- The hero is a great leader strongly identified with a particular people or society.
-The setting is broad and often includes the upper and lower worlds.
-The hero does great deeds in battle or undertakes an extraordinary journey.
- Sometimes the gods or other supernatural or fantastic beings take part in action.
- The story is told in heightened language.