What Are The Heroic Ideals In Beowulf

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The heroic ideals of the Anglo Saxon people In the Anglo Saxon period to be a hero was to be a warrior. A warrior was the brave one who would step up and fight for their people or in some cases to gain fame. These warriors were not afraid of anything. They were smart, courageous and intelligent always up for the task. In this case a great warrior was Beowulf. He was smart and cunning, but very intelligent. Boastful but a great warrior. It was things like these that the Anglo Saxon considered the ideals of a warrior. In Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon hero is well defined by the actions of Beowulf. Beowulf’s strength and courage are unique, and he is much more humble (and honorable) than many of the corrupt warriors around him. Beowulf displays his great strength time after time. Whether he is fighting sea monsters, Grendel's mother, or a terrible fire-breathing dragon, Beowulf shows that his courage and strength should be an inspiration for all heroes. Beowulf demonstrates that each hero should have courage. In an argument with Unferth, Beowulf says, "Fate often saves an undoomed man when his courage is good" Beowulf. Translated by Seamus Heaney, W. W. Norton & Company, 2000. This…show more content…
They believe their warriors to be humble and strong like Beowulf. In the end the hero’s from the Anglo-Saxon period and the hero’s of today's society are warriors who give everything to fight for their people. They go out in battle knowing what is expected of them. And they know the reason why they’re fighting for. The hero in Anglo-Saxon culture and literature is best defined as an honorable warrior. The Anglo-Saxon hero possessed many traits which heroes today possess. They were strong, intelligent, tactful, courageous, and willing to sacrifice all for glory and their people. Both warriors/heroes are a symbol of hope to their people and they’ll always
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