The Consequences Of Ambition In Beowulf

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People tend to have a powerful desire to do or to achieve something, bringing determination and hard work to succeed. If you didn't already know, this is called ambition. Ambition is the universal theme that not only shows in the history of Anglo-Saxon, but also in the Renaissance history. The consequences of ambition are illustrated in the epic poem of Beowulf through his willing to die in battle, Federigo's Falcon of wasting his wealth for a woman, and Macbeth's struggle to be the next king of Scotland.
The universal theme of ambition brings the epic poem of Beowulf consequences when he is willing to die in battle. Beowulf learns about the monster, Grendel that has been threatening people in the Danes. Beowulf doesn't like to lose in a fight or anything for that matter and is what causes him to be ambitious, "I've never known fear, as a youth I fought in endless battles" (Beowulf, 607), was the reason why he was helping a tribe that wasn't even his. "I'd use no sword, no weapon, if this beast could be killed without it" (Beowulf, 614), because he believed he could prove to himself, he could defeat the monster that has devoured multiple men without one. Beowulf had succeeded and killed Grendel just by ripping his arm off with his bare hands. After he defeated Grendel, his mother came to get revenge for the death of her son. "I am old, now, but I will fight again, seek fame still" (Beowulf, 610), as he penetrates her lair and fights her with a sword, as he
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