Beowulf: Warrior Hero To American Soldier

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Beowulf: Warrior Hero to American Soldier Readers of the ancient poem, Beowulf, often find that the story of the epic hero is applicable to modern society. Many people, such as soldiers, leaders, and young males, identify with the warrior depicted in the poem. In the poem, Beowulf, a hero of the Geats in Scandinavia, comes to the aid of Hrothgar, King of the Danes. The Danes have been under attack of the wicked swamp monster, Grendel. After Beowulf slays him, Grendel's mother attacks Herot, seeking revenge for her son. Beowulf battles against the sea witch, eventually slaughtering her as well. Triumphant, Beowulf goes home to Sweden and later becomes king of the Geats. After a period of fifty years has passed, Beowulf fights his last battle…show more content…
Whether they are deployed or serving in the United States, the pressure of protecting his/her country comes with the territory. The poem, Beowulf, connects with such conflicts by telling of the battles Beowulf faces throughout his life. Beowulf does not let the danger of battling Beowulf stop him, much like soldiers do not let the dangers of the battle field stop them from going to war. This is seen in the poem when Beowulf proudly states: “And may the Divine Lord/in His wisdom grant the glory of victory/to whichever side He sees fit.” (lines 685-687). Through this quote, the reader sees Beowulf’s bravery as he is about to face the monster Grendel. According to Alexander M. Bruce, in his article, “An Education in the Mead-Hall: Beowulf’s Lessons for Young Warriors,” “In spite of the danger involved in fighting Grendel, Beowulf openly declares his intention to destroy this powerful enemy.” This is also seen in the poem when Beowulf states, "I with my hands shall seize the fiend and contend for his life, the hateful against the hostile; there the one whom death carries off must trust in God's judgment." (lines 438b-441). Beowulf’s words show his willingness and determination to defeat the enemy; this is similar to the attitude many soldiers have when facing

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