Beowulf 11 Essay

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Different cultures around the world admire and appreciate certain traits or characteristics of a person to make them ideal. In the story of Beowulf, which narrates the heroics of a Scandinavian warrior, we grasp some traits that where appreciated by the Scandinavian culture. As a youth, he achieved his popularity in foreign lands by defeating evil monsters such as Grendal and Grendal's Mother. After these fights, he was offered treasures and kingdoms to rule, but refused to accept the kingdoms and remained loyal to his king, Hygelac. After the death of his beloved King, he ruled with the main purpose to care for his people. Then, after half a century of rule in his country, he fought a dragon that was angered by a warrior who stole some treasures from his lair. During this fight, while Beowulf received a wound that lead to his death. We consider Beowulf to have the traits of a Scandinavian hero because he exhibits the following traits: Physically Strong, Loyalty and Popularity.A Scandinavian trait that was well recognized was being a physically strong person. Beowulf demonstrates that being strong is his most notable trait. As seafarers used to say, I remember, who took the gifts of the Geat people in token of our friendship- that in his hand's grasps had the strength of other thirty men. (p. 63). Not only did he have this rare gift, but used it all the time to protect his people. During the fight between Beowulf and Grendal, he decided to make the fight fair by not using a sword since Grendal was a terrible sword player, therefore Beowulf wrestled to...

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