Beowulf; an Egotistical Hero

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Beowulf; an Egotistical Hero Beowulf, a brave man of the Anglo-Saxon era, is held to the standard of being a hero. Taking away numerous unwanted lives; did Beowulf do this as a heroic action due to his dedication to the king or for self-righteousness and bragging rights? As a reader of the twenty-first century, judging Beowulf's actions and dialogue on modern Christian values proves him to be selfish, proud, and egotistical. Through Beowulf's thoughts, it can be seen that this character did anything to succeed, leading him to become egotistical. In the poem, Beowulf travels to Denmark without an invitation to reveal his destiny as “the mightiest man on earth, / highborn and powerful” (Lines 197-198). Only because Beowulf thinks it his is job to kill an indomitable monster, he travels across the sea to defeat him. Once Beowulf reached Denmark, he said, “Then news of Grendel, / hard to ignore, reached me at home…Now I mean to be a match for Grendel, / settle the outcome in single combat” (Lines 409-10/ 425-26). Beowulf travels across the sea thinking it is his job to defeat Grendel, yet not knowing what will come of his actions. He risked his existence, his wealth, and his men. Beowulf did not think of the safety of his men, he was not aware of others' lives, but instead focused on his own victory. Through his thoughts, one may see how far Beowulf would go to be successful, and can see his selfish ways. As for modern Christian values, pride is seen as a deadly sin, in which Beowulf seem to be doomed to hell if judged on twenty-first century ethics. Excessive pride is frowned upon as for the sinner only sees himself and leaves no room for God. When talking to Unferth about the swimming contest Beowulf‘s speech proves that he is egotistic. During the feast at Heorot, Unferth tries to criticize Beowulf on his sea competition with Breca. In return Beowulf boldly

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