How Beowulf Does Not Embody The Heroic Ideal Of The Anglo Saxons

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Alexandra Phan English IV Honors Mr Lindsay 4B October 22, 2015 Beowulf Essay 1) Explore the ways in which Beowulf does and does not embody the heroic ideal of the Anglo-Saxons. Beowulf is an epic hero from the Anglo-Saxon period, who takes on a great deal of challenges and adventures. The character Beowulf embodies the virtues of the Anglo-Saxon culture and beliefs. He incorporate the traits of Anglo-Saxon society with strength, bravery, honor, and the desire to help the helpless. In the beginning of the book, Beowulf travels to help the Danes kill Grendel. Grendel is a aggressive monster that has been killing the Danes in the mead hall every night. During the time period, warriors would celebrate their victories and express their accomplishments through songs. The social gathering has began bothering Grendel due to the fact he could hear all the noise of happiness coming from one area, this encouraged Grendel to be annoyed at the fact that he knows that he is a descendent from Cain, and knows he will never feel or be happy. The news of how Grendel was murdering the Danes starts to spread all over the kingdom. When Beowulf hears about Grendel, he feels that it is his duty to stop Grendel from killing anymore, Beowulf leaves to go to Herot to destroy him. Beowulf is mostly being applaud for his long journey to face this terrible monster. Beowulf says, “Grendel is no braver, no stronger than I am! I could kill him with my sword: I shall not” (line 677). Beowulf feels

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