Virtue & Community in Beowulf

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Virtue and Community in Beowulf Ramisha Jones ENG 493 January 12, 2015 Michael Angelo Virtue and Community in Beowulf The story of Beowulf is an Old English epic poem that was written in the language of the Anglo-Saxons. It is a fictional story about a heroic hero that was known for his strength and love for the people all around him. He died fighting for his people which are what many of the Anglo-Saxons people viewed as their idea of a hero, Beowulf. Individual virtue and its relationship to the community is very important and much of that is seen in the story of Beowulf. What it means to be good in the world of Beowulf, the relationship between individual prowess or ability and ethical value, the meaning of being a member of the community, the role of the monster in defining virtue and community and the role of language are the importance of individual virtue and its relationship to community are all the many characteristics that can be read in the story of Beowulf. Beowulf was all about being a hero. Everyone saw him as a courageous, super-strong epic hero. What did it mean to be good in the world of Beowulf? Beowulf was strong, intelligent, humble, and kind and in the eyes of society this was their view of being good. He showed compassion and he was very understanding which is the characteristics of someone that is good. These are the values that Beowulf portrayed throughout this story. Beowulf understood his place in the world as he was dedicated to illustrating his heroic strength and loyalty to all people. He was considered a “larger than life” hero and the writer of the story did a great job portraying the good characteristics of Beowulf and how he was able to conquer all. He came from a large community or group where he wanted to protect all. Without this, there would be no good meaning to this story because he was well trusted and the

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