Beowulf Motivational Analysis

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Beowulf has a motivation, but more so of a obligation because the Danes were relying on him when though it wasn’t his own people who were endangered. Beowulf has a motivation to keep a good reputation. He ends up fighting three different “monsters” whom were terrorizing the peoples. The monsters were Grendel, Grendel 's mother, and fighting the dragon, but in his last fight something happens. When Beowulf was going to fight grendel he felt as if it was his obligation, the people were relying on him to fight. Edwin Markham quotes “Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.” and what this means is that Beowulf had a duty to prove something to his people. It was part of the Anglo-Saxon code. He had morals and when he had a duty he gained glory out of killing Grendel. But when he went to go fight grendel it was different because he didn’t have any weapons, he simply used his fists and they brawled it out. In the packet for Beowulf it quotes, “Ask not of pleasure; pain is renewed For the Danish people.”(pg in the packet) and what he’s trying to day is that the Danes were in danger because Grendel was terrorizing them and killed their only good “warrior”. Grendel was a monster who wandered alone in the wastelands. Beowulf and grendel brawled it out life men and Beowulf eventually had killed him. But Beowulf didn’t want to look weak so he just used his hands, face to face. George Washington once stated, “Happiness and moral duty are inseparably

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