In Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney, the character Beowulf is clearly a great leader and hero. He overcame many terrific battles and outlasted many horrible beasts. He always acted civil and tried to do what he thought would be right for not only himself but for the people he served. And most importantly, he was an intimidating person who was feared because of his great power, but respected by those who knew him. Beowulf is an ideal leader and hero because of his bravery, generosity, and his ability to be a great ruler.
Beowulf shows his bravery on many different occasions. He is often found fighting an inhumane strong monster in an attempt to protect the country he loves. Shortly after Beowulf is introduced in the story, he goes to Heorot to help a loyal friend of his father by destroying a monster that has wreaked havoc on his people. Beowulf comes to Hrothgar's country and bravely boasts to the coast guard of Heorot, "I come to proffer my wholehearted help and counsel. I can show the wise Hrothgar a way to defeat his enemy and find respite" (21). After showing his bravery helping another country in trouble, he then goes off to battle a dragon that has caused trouble to his own country. This was a feat where many disapproved not only because of the power of the dragon but because Beowulf was no longer the youthful warrior he once was. Beowulf shows his bravery and patriotism when he goes after the dragon that "had rased the coastal region and reduced forts and earthworks to dust and ashes". Beowulf, "the war-king had planned and plotted his revenge". (159). .
Even though a lot of Beowulf's great leadership comes through his incomparable strength, he is also a very generous man who shows his devotion to his people. Beowulf helps people in times of trouble. Beowulf helps Hrothgar in two major times of trouble. Beowulf comes to Heorot to help Hrothgar defeat Grendel and then later Grendel's mother.