Epic of Beowulf Essay

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The Lead of Beowulf
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Beowulf displays the qualities of a good leader that were mentioned in the speech given by Hrothgar. The speech speaking of the vices and virtues of great political leaders contains many of the same qualities that Beowulf embodies. His boastfulness, generosity and kindness are evidence that he is a good leader and provides for his people. Although the qualities he posses may not be the best-fit qualities of a common man, they are admirable qualities of a strong leader.

Beowulf’s high self-regard acts as a promise to his people. It is a promise saying that he will provide for them and he can keep his country in order and away from harm. Because
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Heremod pays no attention to the needs of his people. He inflicts pain and suffering upon them. The darkness and gloom are associating Heremod to the Misery of the people. The Danes suffering falls upon the hands of Heremod. But Beowulf is nothing like this evil leader. The Geats are content with his leadership and feel no need to rebel. They even grieve the death of Beowulf and mourn him. The Geats praise him at his funeral showing that they valued his leadership.

Hearth companions praised there lost one name him the ablest of all world kings mildest of men and most compassionate most lithe to his people most loving of praise. (Pg. 100)

The Geats preferred Beowulf to any other King so therefore revered him and praised him for his strong leadership. His strong foundation created stability within the Kingdom and that was all the people needed in a time of chaos. This is in direct opposition to what Heremod created and what he stood for.

Heremod’s greediness is also an inappropriate quality to have among so many other whom required it. The Anglo Saxons are typically rewarded for their duties in the field and their treasures help the morale of the country and unify the people more. Heremods lack of wealth distribution breaks up his country and builds low morale for the people. “To his mind
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