Beowulf And The Similarities To The Anglo-Saxon Culture

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Beowulf and the Similarities to the Anglo-Saxon Culture Can a culture imprint their traditions into a literary work so that the culture can live on for thousands of years after its creation? One of these cultures that made a huge impact on a popular literary work would be the Anglo-Saxon culture in the epic poem, “Beowulf”. The Anglo-Saxons were a group of people who originally lived in Great Britain during the 5th Century. They practiced Paganism, believed in many different Gods, and had many superstitions. The poem “Beowulf” tells the story of a man named Beowulf, who goes out on adventures seeking to do the right thing in the eyes of God and Beowulf’s King, Hygelac. The poem exhibits many themes that persist all throughout the epic, including an emphasis on heroism, courage, bravery, and strength. However, the Anglo-Saxon Traditions in “Beowulf” illustrates many beliefs, qualities, traditions, and styles of poetry specifically from the Anglo-Saxon culture.

Admired Qualities in Anglo-Saxon Culture There are many admired qualities within the Anglo-Saxon Culture. Some of these qualities include strength, courage, and resourcefulness, which are all displayed in the poem “Beowulf”. The Anglo-Saxons were Pagans, and they lived lives full of war and conflict.
Therefore, the Anglo-Saxons learned to respect the strength and courage of the individuals fighting each other. The Anglo-Saxons believed that whoever won was successful because they were stronger, less fearful, and adapted to the situation better than their opponent. For example, in the epic “Beowulf”, Beowulf is confident is his ability to defeat Grendel, so he attempts to even the odds by facing Grendel with no armor and no weapons:
He began to remove his iron breast-mail, took off the helmet and handed his attendant the patterned sword, a smith’s masterpiece, ordering him to keep the equipment hoarded. And before he bedded down, Beowulf, that prince of goodness, proudly asserted: ‘When it comes to fighting, I count myself as dangerous any day as Grendel. So it won’t be a cutting edge I’ll wield to mow him down, easily as I might. He has no idea of the arts of war, of shield or sword-play, although he does possess a wild strength. No weapons,

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