Compare Beowulf And Rsquo's Views On Death

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Jessie W. Perspective on Death: A Comparison Issues regarding death and dying always have been a controversial topic to understand and interpret. The view on death varies from person to person. It also varies with one’s religious belief. People’s view on what is a good death also various based on society influence. People's view on death since the Anglo Saxon period differs from today's view because of differences in religion, personal experiences, and societies view on the issue. In today’s society, not many people go through the terrifying boundary between death and living. Personal experience has much to do the level of appreciation of life on individuals. In the Anglo Saxon times, there was not adequate and modern…show more content…
Fame and honour were more valued than monetary values. Beowulf gave most gold and other materialistic rewards given by Hrothgar to Hygelac and the tribe. Death in honour is a value appraised highly by the society. If you died in honour, you will have a proper burial versus if you died in shame, you will not publically humiliated. The tribes admire their leaders because of their extraordinary strength and courage. Throughout the poem, there are examples where Beowulf courageously boasted before he goes to fight an opponent. During that Anglo Saxon period, it was acceptable to boast but you have to fulfill your promises to your people. When Beowulf arrived to Hrothgar, he promised that he would kill Grendel. Either Grendel would be killed or Beowulf would die. In Beowulf, before he goes off to get revenge for Hrothgar’s kinsman against Grendel’s mother, he declared that he would kill her and revenge In today’s society, there is no particular leader that we expect to provide us with shelter, food, and protection. It is more individualism rather than society as a whole. Today, we value our own life more than anything else. For example, on airplanes, the emergency instruction states to the passengers to get the masks on you before assisting anyone else. In the Anglo Saxon times, it would be considered heroic if you risked your life to save someone else. It is better to…show more content…
The original reason behind the Afghanistan war was to capture Osama Bin-Laden, defeat Al Queada and prevent further terrorism in the United States of America. The basic idea behind preventing terrorism is to protect American lives, or at least so it seemed. Since the beginning of the Afghani war, thousands of American and NATO forces have fallen to the hands of insurgents in the war torn region, and coupled with the war in Iraq, the loss of life at 9/11 is small compared to that of the fallen soldiers in these wars. In addition, even with total losses hovering around 10,000 in the two combined wars, the American loss of life is minimal if you compare it to that of the civilians in these two
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