So he looked for an opportunity to eliminate his nephew Simba, from the scene. One day, he tricked Simba by taking him to a place caught up in a wild beast stampede. Mufasa rescued Simba but he was killed by being pushed off the cliff by Scar. Simba was heart-broken and traumatized,
This code was derived from the Anglos-Saxons’ Germanic roots and was a basis for Anglo-Saxon honor. It called for strength, courage, and loyalty in warriors. It also required kings to be hospitable, generous, and have great political skills. Most Anglo-Saxons lived in tribal groups with a high class of warriors. Their culture valued human contact, family, virtue, and a good story.
Even when injured and dying Beowulf was thinking of his people and what he could give them. This is an example of a good, respectful king who cares for his people as if they were his own blood. This is another instance in which unity is proved to be the main aspect of Anglo-Saxon life. Without a tribe, Anglo-Saxons have nothing. Raffel says, “Alone, in every land, / Could only be told by telling my footsteps.
For instance, when Beowulf goes out to slay fearsome beasts like Grendel and the dragon, he is portrayed as a strong, confident and fearless hero, which were the aspirations of the Anglo-Saxon men. He also demonstrates the value of self-sacrifice for the greater good when he accepts to go up against monsters that might cost him his life, all for the lives of the society. Another Anglo-Saxon belief Beowulf demonstrates is belief in the supernatural as he is seen to have tremendous courage and strength, which are more qualities the Anglo-Saxons greatly
Because they did not believe in an afterlife, the Anglo Saxons felt that immortality was achieved by fame and positive reputation, and that achieving fame was the most important task in one’s life. Beowulf clearly defines this idea in his speech to Hrothgar before attacking Grendel’s mother: “he who can earn it should fight for the glory of his name; fame after death is the noblest of goals.” The Anglo Saxons remembered their heroes’ fame through the telling of their epic tales and the passing down of their mementos. Beowulf embodies memento mori in nearly every aspect; the epic itself is a prime example of oral tradition. Within the story, there are several instances of scops recounting the stories of past heroes, such as the tale of Siegmund. Mementos are also abundant in Beowulf.
Examination of this poem lets us familiarize ourselves about a society obsessed with religion, vengeance and war-lust beings. They idolized the warrior code, an abundance of warrior like traits that portrayed you as noble as can be, a fundamental aspect of life for the Anglo Saxons. So let us leap into the fabric of time and take a peek into the Anglo Saxon civilization.
The major social values in Anglo-Saxon civilization such as glory, formidable social status, wealth, fame, and physical strength/beauty, appear in Beowulf as a driving reason to journey and explore. These social values remain present and valued in the modern world today. It is important to note that the human body has long been admired for its appearance, valued for its strength, and used as a tool to form an initial opinion of the person in question. For example, in Thomas Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading in Between the Lines, he talks about, in chapter twenty one, the significance of physical traits. More specifically deformities.
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, study.com).
A good king is defined by his strength as a warrior, his love for his people, and his quest for glory. Shield Shiefson, a great and respected Anglo-Saxon king, is described as a “scourge of many tribes, / a wreaker of mead-benches,” and “terror of the hall troops.” (4-6) He proved his worth as a ruler through military triumph, inspired fear among his enemies, and gained respect among his people. Beow, son of Shield Shiefson, gathered many loyal thanes before his rule began, so that when his time came to rule, he had many “steadfast companions” (23) to stand by his side. This “behavior that’s admired” is described as being “the path to power among people everywhere.” (24-25) These Anglo-Saxon ideals are further developed through Beowulf, who
In the Anglo-Saxon period, in which the epic poem Beowulf is set, the society’s values and cultural beliefs are reflected in each action and thought. The implication that you can infer from this poem is that the community deeply values characteristics such as bravery, honor, sense of duty and loyalty. Throughout the poem, full of valiant knights, honorable kings, and fierce feuds, we derive the definitions of an idealistic 6th-century society of Scandinavia. In the literary text known as Beowulf, we unlock many of the historical ideals regarding values and beliefs of the time frame and location. Within the Scandinavian society, a clear key value would be bravery.