Beowulf is identified by the qualities of strength, resolution, courage, heroism and prowess, according to Pace University. He is an archetypal heroic figure in opposition to the monstrosity of Cain's descendants, the brutish and merciless Grendel and his demonic mother.
Beowulf is said to loath abandoning a battle once begun. He desires to save everyone under his protection from the forces of evil and readily places his own life in danger in order to keep his people from harm. He is young and proud at the story's start but ages into wisdom and patience. His battle with the dragon, the story's final antagonist, is won not through brute force but through commitment and intelligence.