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Beowulf: Journey To The Kingdom Essay

1576 words - 7 pages

Beowulf is an extraordinary warrior who goes through many obstacles to prove his worthiness. With the strength of thirty, and the heart of a leader he pulls through no matter what come his way. He is always thinking of others and not about only him, and does not ask for much in return. He does not seek honor and glory, although because of his good deeds this does soon follow. Unlike most kings his takeover of the kingdom did not come from heredity directly but because of the people's choice, and for the people he continues to fight for, even until death. Because of his bravery, his leadership, and his commitment this encouraged the movement from hero to a king.
Each king through out the story was known for their good works among the people and all of the battles that they have accomplished. "So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by and the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness. We have heard of those princes heroic campaigns" (Beowulf 41). Each of these kings had something wonderful about them, and something more came from the next that ruled. The first king mentioned in the story was Sheild Sheafson, "A foundling to start with, he would flourish later on as his powers waxed and his worth was proved" (Beowulf 41). He was an orphan taken in by others and over time he flourished into a great king. He was honored all over the world for his good works. He then was given a son who became a greater king, named Beow. Because he started doing for the people and putting the people first while his dad was still king, his transition over to king was easy. "Behavior that's admired is the path to power among people everywhere," (Beowulf 42). The third king, Hrothgar the son of Beow. Because he won many wars and attracted many young followers, this made him a worthy king. These three kings made a mark on the Spear-Dane kingdom and because of their novelty made them hard to beat. According to these three kings, a king must be for the people, must be liked by the people, kind, generous, brave, and a great leader who attract many followers. Which are all qualities that Beowulf possesses.
Bravery, Leadership, and Commitment
The way that Beowulf is introduced in the story, he is considered a warrior who have faught many, and won many fights. He does not back down from any challenge and it is not to show that he can accomplish these challenges but to help the people. "There was no one else like him alive. In his day, he was the mightest man on earth, highborn and powerful" (Beowulf 46). When he heard of the caos due to Grendal in The Herot no one could stand in his way, once his mind was made up. "Instead, they inspected omens and spurred his ambitions to go, whilst he moved about like the leader he was, enlisting men, the best he could find; with fourteen others the warrior boarded the boat as captain, a canny pilot along coast and currents ( Beowulf 46). This did not only show his bravery nor his leadership but his commitment to finish what he planned to...

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