Beowulf: From Youth to King

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The anonymously written Anglo Saxon epic, Beowulf, has been regarded as an exceptionally insightful tale. The story itself originated through a Christian monastery around 1000 A.D. Despite the fact that the tale has lost remnants much of it has been preserved to this day. The character himself has represented much of the Anglo Saxon culture. For example, the masculine pride that is shown by verbal actions and the popularity of alcohol in mead-halls. Religion, both pagan and Christian, plays an important role to these people. Basically, through the trials and tribulations of one man’s battle against a dreadful monster that horrifies a group of people relentlessly, as so a few fellow countrymen come as saviors in their time of need. While there are many ancient tales none are more thought-provoking than Beowulf. The protagonist, as a character, reflects a man, who in that day and time develops from a young, spirited leader to a wise, aged king. The youthful nature of Beowulf is apparent for a majority of the narrative. The sense of boastfulness is evident in his youth and presented well during the struggles with the monsters of the tale. Such as his boundless arrogance to Hrothgar upon arrival when he states, “they [the Geats] have seen my strength for themselves, have watched me rise from the darkness or war” (151-152). Preceding the battle with Grendel, the hero shows his worthiness to the Danes’ king in his opening speech by stating “my lord Higlac might Christopher 2 think less of me if I let my sword go where my feet were afraid to” (169-171). By going into battle unarmed he is showing his abilities and loyalty to his ruler. Still as a young warrior Beowulf has his share of obligations to the afflicted people as many moral challenges lie ahead. In the first battle the man-fearing monster, Grendel, is introduced and ambushed in the mead-hall he so

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