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Example Of Bravery In Beowulf

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The epic poem Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney, provides examples of bravery which were valued during the Anglo-Saxon period. Beowulf is at that time known for his superhuman abilities. From defeating monsters such as those who are descended from Cain, first biblical murderer, and a revenge seeking dragon, Beowulf proves that he exhibits great bravery in everything he does. In this work, Beowulf’s battle against Grendel and the dragon portrays that an effective and noble leader expresses immense bravery by protecting their people while keeping thoughts of fame and glory in mind.
Beowulf exhibits great bravery by coming to Heorot to help Hrothgar, out of his own free will. Before facing Grendel, he announces, “I hereby renounce/sword and the shelter of the broad shield, / the heavy war-board: hand-to-hand/ is how it will be, a life-and-death/ fight with the fiend” (Heaney 436-440). Reckless and impressive actions like abandoning “the shelter of the broad shield” deciding to “renounce sword” and fighting “hand-to-hand” makes Beowulf appear as more courageous and daring (Heaney 436-438). Nevertheless, he boasts, “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” (Heaney 677-680). Beowulf’s belief in himself that he counts himself “as dangerous any day as Grendel” motivates him to believe that he can defeat the demon-monster. His decision to not use “a cutting edge”
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