Beowulf Literary Analysis

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In the archaic time of early Anglo-Saxon culture, great warriors and brave travelers told stories of the most noble heroes and great acts of God. Of all of these, no other story encapsulates the role of the hero more than that of the epic Beowulf. Written sometime between 700 and 1000 AD, Beowulf follows the journey of the strongest man in all the earth, and hero of the Geats, Beowulf. When Hrothgar, King of the Danes, sends the story of how a demon monster, Grendel, terrorizes his beloved mead hall, Beowulf travels far across land and sea to kill the beast and obtain fame, glory, and honor as hero and savior of the Danes. But what is a hero according to Anglo-Saxon ideology, or rather, the tradition of epic poetry? Within the realm of... View More »

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After Hrothgar describes the place where the monster lives, Beowulf finds and kills her, an achievement that only adds to Beowulf's fame and glory.
Another way that Beowulf displays his heroism in regard to the epic tradition is through his love of personal valor and courage. He takes pride in being known as the mighty hero he is and boats about his achievements to all. His is evident in the final battle of his life against the mighty Dragon. Although Beowulf knew that he did not posses the strength to carry out the mission of killing the dragon on his own, he insisted that he do it alone. The poem states, “And Beowulf uttered his final boast: 'I've never known fear, as a youth I fought/ In endless battles. I am old, now,/ But I will fight again, seek fame still,/ If the dragon hiding in his tower dares/ To face me.'” (606-611). Beowulf holds his ability to fight in high regard and leans on this ability to give him an edge in battle. His strength and bravery are unmatched by any other mortal man.
Beowulf is the paradigm of a natural leader. In his preparations for is trip to meet with Hrothgar, Beowulf forms a band of the most noble and powerful men in his land. The poem states, “None?/ of the wise ones regretted his going, much/ as he was loved by the Geats: the omens were good,/ and they urged the adventure on. So Beowulf/ chose the mightiest men he could find,/ the bravest and best of the Geats, fourteen/ in all, and led them down to their boat...” (116-122). The fact that Beowulf himself is the is the leader of the most noble men in all his land proves that ...

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