The Anglo-Saxon European culture holds a major piece of history when it comes to Europe. The Anglo-Saxons, as a culture, did not generally know how to read and write, so their entertainment stemmed from other aspects. Their entertainment came from the scops, who would tell the stories of war torn times, legends of ancient warriors, and monsters. Their oral history and entertainment lead to the creation of Beowulf and this epic holds the Anglo-Saxon values in high esteem. The poets and oral history were valued because they immortalized the greatest warriors and the Anglo-Saxons strived to be immortalized.
In Anglo- Saxon England, courage and loyalty were valued (Janet, 101). A man with valor and loyalty was expected to be rewarded by their king (Janet, 103). Furthermore, above anything, everyone battled for fame because fame is the only thing that lasts. In Beowulf, Beowulf is a renowned Geatish warrior and hero (Beowulf, 153-156). His
Traits such as honor, valor, respect and bravery all come very easily to Beowulf. Although Beowulf has all of these qualities he completes such traitorous, dangerous feats for all of the wrong reasons. From these tasks, Beowulf expects everlasting glory, fame, and above all immortality. Elements such as friendship, loyalty, generosity and bravery were quintessential in Anglo-Saxon society. The most important being loyalty, without it the whole system would crumble.
Meanwhile, Beowulf was indebted to Hrothgar because Hrothgar once defended Beowulf’s family. Many other instances in Beowulf mirror the poet’s Anglo-Saxon world; after all, the story is immortal because of its fame, just like the character Beowulf. Beowulf was a hero because he believed that the wisdom of good would prevail over evil. Because Beowulf was a hero, he boasted
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.
“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor” said Aristotle. Courage is an act of bravery one does that is frightening yet they still persevere. Courage is found in many different situations in the modern world like in members of our military, law enforcement, and many others ordinary people performing courageous acts to help better our society. Everyone wants to have courage since whether in music, Hollywood movies, fairytales, or books we are told courage is one of the most important attributes that can turn an ordinary person into a hero.
Introduction It is well-known fact that as human beings we need guidance in life. That specific guidance that was there for our ancestors, is here for us and it will be for our descendants, is history. Even though there have been events in history which ended happily, the ones which had the biggest impact on our lives were the ones which occurred through battles and wars. One of the most important episodes in the history of Great Britain is the one during which the War of the Roses happened. I chose this topic, because I find impressive what a will people have when it comes to fight for political power and which is the level of sacrifice some would accept, only to reach their goal.
Our ancestors used to admire Beowulf, and we strive to bear at least a slight resemblance to Superman, Ironman or other comic book characters. But can they be easily compared? And do they have much in common? Beowulf is probably the mightiest and the bravest hero of the Old English literature. For many centuries in a row he was considered to be an example of a person easily overcoming extremely difficult obstacles, inspiring the others, showing great courage, sacrificing his life for good and generally typifying all the traits of a hero.
Though it is fiction, readers can comprehend Anglo-Saxon thoughts and their concepts of heroism, life and death. Anglo-Saxon culture valued strength, honor, courage, loyalty, and fearlessness. Beowulf was a hero because he was strong, loyal, brave, honorable, and fearless. He wanted to be remembered beyond the years of his life. These values in heroes has not disappeared like its culture.
He loved his family very much. As not only a prince but as a Trojan, his desire of being heroic was a crucial value. Hector also had other desires including the desire of having a good reputation, admiration and success in battle. Hector was a human, so he also had times of being prideful and fearful. One of the scenes from the Iliad where Hector showed love is the scene his wife started having fear for the family for when Hector died.