Motivations Motivation In Beowulf

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(An analysis of Beowulf’s motivations in the great epic, “Beowulf”) Throughout history, a myriad of problem-solvers have made themselves known. Those who have been gifted in recognizing problems and solving them have benefited the rest of humanity greatly. “Solving a problem means finding an appropriate way to cross a gap” (Hayes). One would think that identifying a problem and coming up with a solution to that problem would not be that difficult; These people are monumentally mistaken. Legendary heroes have become this way by being outstanding in their problem solving skills. They are known as saviors to the rest of their community and country; However, an interesting question to ponder is, what are the reasons behind these heroes’ actions? Are they doing it just to gain fame and glory? Do they genuinely care about the people around them and keeping them safe and living harmoniously? In the great epic, “Beowulf”, Beowulf’s actions are motivated by things such as prestige, duty, and honor.
Beowulf is asked to fight a great monster by those who need his help, thus giving him a task to fulfill his duty. As a young, strong, able man, Beowulf is expected to protect others who lack his ability. Beowulf is even so confident in his abilities that he chooses to fight the monster without any weapons or armor. “I have heard moreover that the monster scorns in his reckless way to use weapons; therefore, to heighten Hygelac’s fame and gladden his heart, I hereby

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