Beowulf Research Paper

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The Ideal Anglo-Saxon Warrior: Beowulf In the Anglo-Saxon culture, in order to rank up in society, you must possess certain important traits and ideals. An extraordinary man, Beowulf, happened to possess all of these character traits and more. He was the ideal Anglo-Saxon warrior, a man who was thought of very highly in the Anglo-Saxon community, and a hero who would be remembered for eternities to come. Beowulf withheld three of the most important traits an Anglo-Saxon warrior could have: he sought fame and glory, valued his comrades, and was bold, strong and fearless. First, Beowulf sought fame and glory, meaning he wanted to be remembered forever as a hero. In the first part of the story, Beowulf tells King Hrothgar, the leader of the Danes, “[t]hat this one favor you should not refuse me─ / That I, alone and with the help of my men, / May purge all evil from this hall” (164-166). Even though Beowulf is not from the land of the Danes, he wants to help their people, and free them from the wrath of the monster, Grendel. Another example of Beowulf’s search for fame and glory is on his death bed. Beowulf tells Wiglaf, his last loyal comrade, “[t]his tower, and remember my name, and call it / Beowulf’s tower, and boats in…show more content…
In fact, he was the strongest man that anyone of that time knew of. In the beginning of the story, when Beowulf is telling his proposition to King Hrothgar, he says, “that the monster’s scorn of men / Is so great that he needs no weapons and fears none. / Nor will I” (167-169). Beowulf knew his strengths and if Grendel was going to fight without any weapons, so was he. Beowulf’s strength is shown in his battle with the monster. The story says, “claws / Bent back as Beowulf leaned up on one arm” (271-272). Beowulf was able to bend back the great monsters claw, shocking him. Finally, in Beowulf’s last battle with the dragon, his fearlessness is clearly shown when the story

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