Bravery In Beowulf's Dichotomy '

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Like most classical works Beowulf is ripe with dichotomies. These literary devices help clarify the attributes of various characters throughout the novel. Even though a plethora of dichotomies exist in the novel, none are more evident than the idea and cowardice vs. bravery. This idea is ingrained into much of the work but is most apparent in Beowulf’s many battles. Beowulf is a Geatish warrior whose culture values strength and valor. Beowulf epitomizes these traits but the same cannot be said for his men. At multiple times, especially fight scenes, the other Geats are seen as fearful and cowardly. On the surface it may seem to just show how scary the creatures that Beowulf kills actually are, but upon deeper investigation their fear is used

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