Leadership In Beowulf

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The effects of leadership throughout our timeline in this world have had a major toll on how we shape our lives today. We have many types of leadership like democracy, theocracy, and many more. We see these types of leadership in the poem Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney. In the epic the main kings are Hrothgar who is a generous and a natural leader of the Danes, and Beowulf who is known as a noble and loyal king of the Geats. Both of these kings went through many events that had many different impacts on them and they succeeded. Although both kings have had an impact in this poem, Beowulf is the more successful king. The king of the Geats is a truly noble and courageous leader. He showes true bravery to be a great role model to his and Hrothgar’s people. “O flower of warriors, beware of that trap. Choose, dear Beowulf, the better part, eternal rewards.” (121, 1760). This event shows how much Hrothgar puts…show more content…
“First and foremost, let the Almighty Father be thanked for this site. I suffered a long harrowing by Grendel. . . So now, Beowulf, I adopt you in my heart as a dear son.” (63, 930-950). Once Grendel has been erased, Grendel's mother comes in and tries to avenge his death. In spite of this Beowulf goes through an awesome journey of all these creatures and a great fight to eliminate the problem of Grendel and his mother. This caused Beowulf to make the Geats and the Danes allies which is great as a leader. He also brought riches to his people through the help of the generous Hrothgar. “And risked the voyage received a bounty, some treasured possession. And compensation in gold, was settled for the Geat Grendel had cruelly killed earlier.”(71, 1060) This shows what Beowulf has done to be a leader of his people. Beowulf is a strong leader to the Geats, he is brave and successful. However his total opposite Hrothgar shows different forms of
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