To them, power is everything and for one person to attain so much power, one must become a hero and perform heroic deeds. An Anglo-Saxon hero is perfectly portrayed by Beowulf who contains values of Anglo-Saxons like bravery, loyalty, honor and the willingness to risk his life for the greater good of his people. The latter is primarily why he gains the trust of his people which is why he claims the title of King and therefore gets hold of power. While Beowulf is the symbol and representation of heroes in Anglo Saxons, we have multiple personalities who we consider as heroes. People who work, people who dream, people who act.
The early English warriors held a certain set of virtues. Throughout Beowulf, these Anglo-Saxon virtues are clearly displayed by the protagonist. Beowulf most exemplifies the values of bravery, prowess in battle, and boasting at the table. One of the most dominate virtues Beowulf has is bravery. Beowulf claims before each battle that he will either win or die trying.
Beowulf from Beowulf has very few things about him that are not chivalrous. His character exemplifies the Germanic hero and the Anglo-Saxon ideal of being strong, fearless, bold and loyal. One example of Beowulf being a chivalrous warrior is his bravery and courage. The evil demon Grendel has been terrorizing Herot for the past 12 years, so Beowulf wants to try and defeat him. When he arrives in Denmark Wulfgar greets him by saying “My lord, the great king of the Danes, commands me to tell you that he knows of your noble birth and that having come bravely and are welcome.” (Beowulf 126).
The poem’s central focus is the noble warrior Beowulf and his accomplishments throughout the epic. Nonetheless, one of the most important components of Beowulf is the way that it depicts the heroes against the monsters. In this paper, I will argue heroes versus monsters by analyzing the differences and similarities between
With cited Anglo-Saxon ties, it is highly plausible that the literary device of kennings can accredit its conception and origin to the legendary epic poem of “Beowulf”. The poem refers to all characters by their name and by utilizing the literary device of kennings throughout the epic. The “Almighty’s enemy” (Allen 48) is a kenning device that is used in place of the poem’s antagonist and the Geats’ feared terror, Grendel. The “Almighty” in this section refers to the poem’s hero and protagonist, Beowulf. This kenning is utilized during the Battle of Grendel when Beowulf finally defeats his gruesome, merciless enemy, Grendel.
The poets and oral history were valued because they immortalized the greatest warriors and the Anglo-Saxons strived to be immortalized. Through this major societal push to be remembered and hold a legacy, the Anglo-Saxons valued warriors for the loyalty, strength, and courage they pursued. These values are important to Anglo-Saxon culture and to its literature. Beowulf, both the epic and the character, represents these values of loyalty, strength, and courage time and time as seen by the melded perspective of Anglo-Saxons and the Christian scribes in this piece of literature. Loyalty to the King and the warriors is seen as a sign of immortalizing character throughout the Anglo-Saxon history.
Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon epic about a great warrior who values the Anglo-Saxon ideas of loyalty, personal indebtedness, fame, fate, and heroism. The epic is named after, and centered on, Beowulf and his quests; however, several other characters also reflect Anglo-Saxon values throughout the story. For example, King Hrothgar built “the best/ Of all mead-halls” (ll.145-146) so that his “men lived happy” (l. 15). Hrothgar built the mead-hall because he was indebted to his men who served and protected him. Meanwhile, Beowulf was indebted to Hrothgar because Hrothgar once defended Beowulf’s family.
Beowulf, an epic poem which describes the heroism of a brave warrior who turned fallen king. He is the male example of what a man is thought to be in the Anglo-Saxon era.”…he was the mightiest man on earth, highborn and powerful.” (pg 8) He is strong, loyal and is a protector of the people. Within the lines of our poem we do meet some women characters who represent the different roles associated to them in the Anglo-Saxon society. The roles they play are small but hold a part in the poem enough to be mentioned. The epic poem is mainly about male heroism and role in Anglo-Saxon society.
Some examples are, Beowulf Slaying Grendel and Grendel's mother to save the land of the Danes, and soldiers fighting enemies that threaten the lives of a country, and police officers putting criminals behind bars. Both Beowulf and modern day heroes risk their life for the good of others and are held to a high regard. "Nor have I seen a mightier man-at-arms on this earth than the one standing here: unless I am mistaken, is truly noble. This is no mere hanger-on in a hero's armor”. Beowulf was a considered an epic hero because he did great deeds and was of high importance.
One of the reasons is that Beowulf always acts decisively and courageously to combat evil, and he is also noble in his actions. He knows how to create peace as well as to wage war. In addition, Beowulf is also generous because when Beowulf arrives back to his homeland. He is carrying many riches from his battles against evil in Hrothgar’s land. He goes and talks to his king, whereupon he gives all of it to him and the queen, even a prized golden collar.