Actions of the hero set the fate for the group or nation
Nation of Hrothgars is threatened by Grendel and a hero is needed.
Hero performs courageous deeds
Beowulf defeated other monsters and sets out to kill Grendels mother.
Plot has supernatural beings and events, and may involve a long dangerous journey.
Beowulf gets hand picked men and sets out for Hrothgars, Grendels spell is supernatural, snapped Grendels claw, swims for hours.
Character gives long formal speeches
Beowulfs greeting and intro to Hrothgars
Poem reflects timeless values of courage and honor
Beowulf promises to defend Hrothgar
Poem deals with universal ideas of good and evil
Grendel represents evil and Beowulf represents good