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  • Beowulf Displays Courtesy
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    Beowulf is considered one of the first or earliest pieces of English literature. The epic poem tells the adventures of the larger than life hero, Beowulf. All human cultures both past and present honor and uphold certain values. Individuals who respect and demonstrate these values are often honored by others within the culture while those who chose not to are considered outcast. In Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon values exhibited consist of courage, courtesy, and generosity. Courage, courtesy, and gene...
  • Beowulf Treasure And Wealth
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    After each of encounters with the monsters, Beowulf gained possession of more treasure and wealth, either as form of booty or reward of the good deed. Praises were given to those who wore the precious jewels, armor, and carried the valued weapons. Treasure and wealth were distributed in the poem as rewards and gifts to those who accomplished something courageous, they also serves the purpose of assuring loyalty and allegiance. The possession of treasure and wealth symbolize honor and eminence, a...
  • Fierce Honor And Loyalty To Rulers
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    Throughout the Anglo-Saxon and Middle Age periods the main characters always had a similar established value; honor. This value is prominent in Beowulf, "The Seafarer", and The Canterbury Tales. Each of the main characters portray honor either to himself, his followers, his king, and / or his God. These poems are the different aspects of honor intertwined together to form the most prevailing value during this time frame. Beowulf is a story of a brave warrior who fights Grendel in the timeless ba...
  • Beowulf's Greatest Virtues
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    Beowulf: A Moral Man Amongst Men Morality, a standard of right behavior, was one of the most important characteristics during the Anglo-Saxon era. The story Beowulf depicted many virtues of the times. Beowulf holds his morals and virtues above all else, from the way he fought in battle until the day he died. Beowulf showed his honor as he traveled from his homeland to battle the vicious monster Grendel, who was terrorizing the Danes. Grendel "raided and ravaged" (105) the mead hall, showing no h...
  • Beowulf To A Messiah Figure
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    Beowulf The Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf is the one of the most important works of Old English literature, and is well deserved of that distinction. The epic tells the story of a hero, a Scandinavian prince named Beowulf, who rids the Danes of the monster Grendel, a descendant of Cain, and of his exploits fighting Grendel's mother and a dragon. Throughout the epic, the author uses many elements to build a certain depth to the characters. Three main important character elements in Beowulf are wealth ...
  • Story The Danes Beliefs And Honor
    557 words
    Beowulf People have been telling stories for centuries. During Anglo Saxon periods, since very few people could read or write, oral tradition was the only way people remembered, and told of dangerous stories. Transcriptions written were those done by many order of monks among those the Benedictine monk. Men in this era were brave, loyal, and a mixed group of Germanic tribes. They lived on Europe's northern seaboard and southern Scandinavia, they were known as Angles, Saxons, Jutes, and in this c...
  • Theme Of Beowulf The Anglo Saxons
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    Theme of Beowulf The Anglo-Saxons were the members of the Germanic peoples who invaded England, and were there at least the until the time of the Norman Conquest. They were people of their own time, language, and culture. In the Anglo-Saxon adventured filled tale of Beowulf, the hero Beowulf, was considered the modern day superman. His character exemplifies the Germanic hero and consequently the Anglo-Saxon ideal: strong, fearless, bold, loyal, and stoic in his acceptance of fate. With the absen...
  • Part Of The Moral Code
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    Beowulf and the Odyssey: two popular old pieces of literature that are very closely related in some of their themes. In the following paragraphs I am going to attempt to explore each of the books themes, and then show where and how they link together. Structurally, Beowulf is divided into three main parts, each one centering around Beowulf's confrontation with a certain monster: first Grendel, then Grendel's mother, then, fifty years later, the dragon. Each monster functions symbolically as a fo...
  • Beowulf's Chivalry
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    Chivalry was probably most recognizable quality of Beowulf. If anything, Beowulf had great respect for his king. He loved him and honored him with all his heart. If asked to do anyhting by the King. Beowulf would accept with pride, When the King died, it was Beowulf that was asked to take over. But with Beowulf's chivalry, he declined because the King's son was the rightful heir. With time, Beowulf did become King, but with his honor towards chivalry, he was looked up to by all of his people. Mo...
  • Beowulf Unlike Parzival
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    The act of being honorable has been written about and discussed for ages, beginning from The Laxdaela Saga to the more recent works by Tol kein, The Lord of the Rings. Throughout literary history authors have created and restored figures from all times that seem to represent what is honorable and chivalrous. The two literary legends compared in this paper are Beowulf and Parzival. These two figures in their own way find within them what is virtuous. At first impression it seems as though Beowulf...

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