Theme Of Leadership In Beowulf

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“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.” – Martin Luther King, Jr. Having leadership is not something that one is just titled to, but it is to be earned. Leadership is being able to stand up without having to be told what to do or who to follow. They set examples and inspire those who are willing to listen. Throughout the Anglo-Saxon literature, leadership is seen within different characters and their experiences on becoming a leader their people need. Through the work of Burton Raffel, he develops the theme of leadership in the story of Beowulf. In the beginning of the story, Beowulf is introduced as a brave soldier willing to come to the land of the Danes in order to fight this evil creature known as Grendel. He greets the king and states, “I have drove five great giants into chains, chased all of that race into earth.” (Beowulf line 248). In this, he is proving himself to be a great warrior in battle while speaking on the behalf of his men. Quoting people that would say that Beowulf was “the wisest, most knowing and the best of them” (Beowulf line 244). As the story continues, the king grants him to fight Grendel. The fight yet proved how big of a leader he was to his people. Beowulf had fought Grendel alone, putting all at risk in order to save the people of the Danes. Adding to fighting alone, it is seen that later in the story. In his final years he was faced with yet another monster stating, “I’ve never known fear, as a youth I

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