Loyalty In The Epic Poem 'Beowulf'

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In Beowulf, an epic poem, Beowulf is the superior character who depicts the true meaning of loyalty. Beowulf feels in a sense he owes Hrothgar, King of the Danes, a favor because the great king had assisted Beowulf's father years back. Although Beowulf is the epic hero of the poem, he is not the only character that demonstrates the characteristic of loyalty. Wiglaf is a Geat warrior who exhibits bravery and courage while helping Beowulf fight and slay the dragon. Even though the epic poem had a devastating ending, it would not have been the same without the characters displaying their loyal sides. Years prior to the battle between Grendel and Beowulf, Hrothgar had paid money to the Wulfings who were in a feud with Beowulf's father. The King of the Danes was not capable of battling out with Grendel. Since Beowulf feels loyalty towards…show more content…
Wiglaf displays loyalty as he assists Bewoulf fight off the dragon. Beowulf is losing his magic touch as a leader and he knows that this battle between him and the dragon is going to end in his death. " Beloved Bewulf, remember how you boasted destroy your flame: fight to keep it, now, he strong and brave, my noble king, protecting life and fame together. My sword will fight at your side!,"(2663-2668). Wiglaf knows of the many triumphs Beowulf endeavors, and sees it as an encouragement. If Beowulf was able to defeat, why couldn't Wiglaf. Wiglaf is extremely brave to continue the fight Beowulf had started and kill the dragon as his loyalty shines through. Beowulf and Wiglaf are genuinely loyal characters in the epic poem. The two inferior men endeavored many hardships throughout because of their loyalty to others. Courage, bravery, and determination are the key factors to following out Beowulf's and Wiglaf's plan of loyalty. Beowulf's theme centered around loyalty, thanks to the two superior characters who classify the true definition of what it means to be

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