These reasons given are why Beowulf is the true embodiment of the Anglo-Saxon culture and what it represents. One way Beowulf shows his representation of the Anglo-Saxon culture is his ability to be a great leader and shows valor. An example of this is when hears of Hrothgar's problem he assembles a team of great warriors and sets off to help save the city without question. One more example would be how he led his men through the rough waves and windy seas, to Hrothgar keeping the ship afloat and expedition alive. In addition Beowulf strategically set his men up in the mead hall to wait for Grendel and by doing this ultimately killing Grendel because of it.
Beowulf received many tangible riches after killing Grendel's mother. “The Geat captain saw treasure in abundance, but carried no spoils from those quarters except for the head and the inlaid hilt embossed with jewels; its blade had melted and the scrollwork on it burnt, so scalding was the blood of the poisonous fiend who had perished there. Then away, he swam, the one who had survived the fall of his enemies, flailing to the surface”(Page 111 lines 1612-1619). The inlaid hilt embossed with jewels is an example of tangible riches. Beowulf received many intangible glories for defeating Grendel's mother.
Wiglaf gets the treasures and shows them to Beowulf. Beowulf sees the treasures and it is noted that they are very old and rusty. This is the most important part in the story of the hero. Beowulf undergoes a drastic change in how he sees treasure and fame, the very things that have driven him, from the beginning, to do what he’s done. Beowulf begins sensing that life is more important than treasure and fame.
So the warrior would have to do something that would let his memory be passed on. This society was based on the qualities of courage, being amicable, and the biggest quality of all was loyalty.Even though, for the last battle of Beowulf the all left him alone with the monster except for Wiglaf. He is a very brave man but has flaws and temptations that become his downfall. Although, he was adulated by everyone for killing the monster, he knew that he was a bad king to his kingdom and wanted to make up for it by killing getting the treasure and giving it to the kingdom. In Beowulf, there were similarities and differences between the humanity
The Geats unbury the treasure only to bury it again ten days later, a cycle of gift-exchange that occurs too quickly. This foreshadows their doom, as the Geats seem to be cycling out of control. Moreover, after the Geats have buried the treasure, the Beowulf-poet states that the gold still “[is] as useless to men now as it ever was” (Beowulf 3168). The jarring present tense in this line underscores the futility of burying this treasure, establishing the Geats as useless servants for burying their Lord’s
This is seen on Line 1019: “Then Halfdane’s son presented Beowulf with a gold standard as a victory gift, an embroidered banner; also breast-mail and a helmet; and a sword carried high, that was both precious object and token of honour.” This shift in culture is reflected in today’s heroes. Heroes today tend to be less egotistical by today’s standards and are expected to need less recognition. However, the recognition that today’s heroes and the heroes of Anglo-Saxon times get is actually very similar. The gold that Beowulf receives from the king can be compared to getting a Presidential Medal of Honour and both today’s heroes. Being told about in an Anglo-Saxon story is a lot like being in the newspaper or having a book written about you.
In conclusion, both the warriors of Herot and the monster’s had lost. 14) Beowulf attempted to comfort Hrothgar and the warriors by exclaiming, “Let your sorrow end! It is better for us all to avenge our friends, not mourn them forever”. He then aims to convince Hrothgar that “for the glory of his name, fame after death is the noblest of goals”. Beowulf believes it is worth dying for a good
So should all men raise up words for their lords, warm with love, when their shield and protector leaves His body behind, sends his soul, on High.” (pg.58) So many lives were saved because of Beowulf. The beings in which caused many troubles for Herot are now no longer a threat because of Beowulf. He alone is responsible for many right doings in the kingdom. An epic hero is one who remembered for their bravery, strength, and honor. An epic hero, is
This quotation shows bravery because Beowulf knew the dragon was much more powerful than him, but he took it upon himself to fight the dragon alone and risk his life to protect the people. Beowulf defeated the dragon but also lost his life while fighting for his people. He states, “So God/Gives guidance to those who can find it from no one/Else” (Beowulf 12-14). This quote is saying, how Beowulf will do what others will not do, he’s showing his bravery towards Hrothgar. The other criteria the Anglo-Saxon hero shows is generous.
Beowulf is willing to put his life on the line to avenge a life for the nation he cares about and protects. He continues speaking of his ideology to avenge deaths: “When a warrior is gone, that will be his best and only bulwark” (1387-1388). “When a warrior is gone” refers to death of a Viking, and “bulwark” seems to take on the definition of encouragement in time of need, as coping with death is a challenging time. Beowulf may mean that after someone dies, that will act as the best inspiration to the remaining kin to honor that person’s life. After someone dies, his memory is all that remains, so that propels his kinsmen to act rather than woefully drown in tears.