Relationship of Virtues in the Epic Poem, Beowulf

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The close relationship in the definition of courage of Beowulf’s definition of courage to Aristotle’s is shown by the codes of the heroic world that guides a warrior’s life or in other words the Vikings heroic code, which is to have courage, glory, and selfless acts to protect the Lord as well as the people even when one is risking his or her life which displays loyalty.

The virtues of a good warrior is described by the main heroic character, Beowulf, when he responds to King Hrothgar who has summoned him due to the fact that Grendel’s mother is now attacking the Dane’s to avenge for her son. When Beowulf, the son of Ecgtheow, speaks to King Hrothgar, he declares one of the Vikings heroic code that guides a good warriors life, which is to “…not grieve” but to have the courage “to avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning” which is what Hrothgar is not doing (ll. 1384-1385). According to Beowulf, it is not right for a man as well as a warrior who is honored by many to grieve over loved ones deaths, but instead to take action by getting vengeance because if not then those who died will not be remembered and he will not gain a good and memorable reputation for he did not take any action of vengeance. Instead, a king…

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