Beowulf: The Ideal Anglo-Saxon Hero

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The poem of Beowulf focuses on the ideal Anglo-Saxon hero of Beowulf and explores the meaning of heroism. Throughout time, it is clear the definition of a hero has changed, there have been significant modification in what a hero’s morals are as well as their true intentions. Beliefs in today’s society pursue the idea that Beowulf would not be in the parameters of what we may consider a heroic individual.
The perfect hero in today’s standards would be an unselfish individual, one who would not worry about materialistic things such as wealth but instead their focus would be on others, in different ways they can assist people and or change their lives for the better. In the Anglo-Saxon time period the idea of lof, fame after death, and wealth were goals of people who wanted
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He goes into a fight prepared for the kill, to “purge all evil from this Hell”(27) not seeking any other form of peace between him and his opponent. For instance during his battle, he is described to be holding Grendel “till its life leaped out” (30), this brutal description shows the violent nature he holds. Beowulf would need to be understanding and have a sense of compassion or mercy in order to be considered a hero in this current society. Possessing the traits of being merciful show that a hero has a set of respectful morals and values which include the ultimate goal for other’s well-being.
Beowulf may be considered a hero to some, however in our current time, his selfish intentions and lack of mercy, would lead him to be unfit of this role. Through the different characteristics that make up a hero today, Beowulf is proved to be opposite of those. The changes in time periods have impacted our views and standards, leading us to a different perception of what is a true

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