Masculinity In Beowulf

1745 WordsOct 2, 20177 Pages
Masculinity Past vs. Present Did you know there is a great controversy with today’s society, putting men over women? It is sparking debates across the world on why men are thought to be stronger and be able to do more activities than women. There is an ongoing debate between men and women on equality. Beowulf and contemporary culture assert their masculinity through physical strength, financial wealth, honor, perseverance, reputation, and intelligence. In Beowulf’s Society, physical strength was thought of a man who could conquer anything that he would be faced with, such as a monster like Grendel. Another example from Beowulf, is when he says to Unferth “I was the strongest swimmer of all” (Heaney 534). This shows that Beowulf was…show more content…
Another important thing is talking about how financial wealth plays a role in masculinity. Financial wealth played a vital role in Beowulf’s society, such as when Shield Sheafson had all of that treasure buried with him when he died, “Far-fetched treasures were piled upon him, and precious gear” (Heaney 36-37). In Biblical times, masculinity was also associated with having wealth in order to support his household, “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (New International Version, 1 Tim. 5.8). Now in today’s culture, men are associated with having the most money in the household. This is most definitely true, because there have been studies that show there is a wage gap between men and women, “2016, women working full time in the United States typically were paid just 80 percent of what men were paid, a gap of 20 percent” (Miller, “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap”). There is a vast difference between Beowulf’s culture and ours, it’s the fact that women now pursue a higher education to achieve a more successful life than just letting a man making more money stop them and women also work outside of the house now, “Women are graduating from college and attending graduate schools at higher rates than men” (Adamczyk 2016). Overall, men being put in charge of money have changed in a great deal over the years,
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