Beowulf Cultural Values

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Intro: In the Old English poetry the main cultural values . The Anglo-Saxon times was a great time for the people of this time to show off their ability to have responsibility. During this time, being a hero was an honor. Having the qualities of a hero was to be brave, honest, and loyal. This is a time of the warriors.
The heroic Code: Beowulf is a poem that has been discussed over a period of years. The poem of Beowulf is in direct relation. Heroic Code is shown and depicted in Beowulf’s actions. According to instructor, Dori Starnes, “the Heroic Code was the collective values of the Anglo-Saxon period in English history”(Starnes, Anglo-Saxon Values and Culture in Beowulf, Beowulf portrayed this through being the mighty warrior he was. He defended his lord to the death, respected the custom of gift-giving, and carried the personal code of honor (NOTES on BEOWULF).
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In order to face a battle or fight a monster, bravery was key. Beowulf possessed bravery throughout his entire life. Beginning in his youth until the day he died, Beowulf was brave. When he fought Grendel, Grendel’s mother and the dragon, he showed great bravery. Before the battle with Grendel, Beowulf took off his helmet and handed it to his men. He felt that using a weapon or any protection would make the battle too easy.

Truth: Honesty is the best policy with the Anglo-Saxons. Though they were very boastful, whatever they boasted about was backed up with the truth. One who would boast about something they did not do, was frowned upon (Starnes, Anglo-Saxon Values and Culture in Beowulf, For example, Beowulf tends to boast a lot about what he has accomplished, but it was truthful. He actually did those things unlike Unferth. He lied when he challenged Beowulf to a swimming match, that is disgraced.
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