Essay about Reputation in Beowulf

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The famous poet James Russell Lowell once said, “Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit” . Reality stresses the importance to be more concerned with personal character than self reputation, because character beholds who you really are, while your reputation is merely what others perceive. The epic of Beowulf, written in Old English, describes the adventures of a great Scandinavian warrior of the sixth century. Having an outstanding reputation was an important aspect of life, and in the world of Beowulf it was no different. Having a good name is the same as immortality because the name will be placed in history and will be…show more content…
Grendel terrorizes the humans until he is slain by someone who is equal in strength and superior in tactics, Beowulf. Beowulf is brute and his defeat of Grendel and Grendel’s mother validates his reputation for bravery and establishes him fully as a hero. Beowulf states his claim to fame very clearly as his persona is evident in the following: "Grendel is no braver, no stronger Than I am! I could kill him with my sword, I shall not, Easy as it would be. This fiend is a bold And famous fighter, but his claws and teeth... Beating at my sword blade, would be helpless. I will meet him/ With my hands empty-unless his heart Fails him, seeing a soldier waiting Weaponless, unafraid. Let God in His wisdom Extend His hand where He wills, reward/ Whom he chooses!" The Danes holds a grudge against Grendel and his mother for the fact that Grendel terrorized them for a long time and they feel the only way to live in peace is to kill him. They also feel that they have done nothing to Grendel in return for him terrorizing them and to justify the countless amount he has killed they find that they will live in peace once he is killed. On the other hand the ogre’s feel that being what they are is a curse and that they will never be blessed, so as to exact a

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