Truth and Justice in Beowulf

1056 WordsJan 9, 20115 Pages
Truth and Justice Make a God King Beowulf, the main character of the heroic epic poem Beowulf, conveys fundamental examples for leaders in many aspects of life. Many of the stated ideals are pertinent to a leaders time as a warrior and as a king. In the beginning of the story, Beowulf, the hero of the Geats, aids the Danes and King Hrothgar whose people are harassed by a demon, Grendel. After Beowulf destroys Grendel and his mother, he returns to Heorot, the court of Hrothgar, for a feast of happiness. Here, King Hrothgar gives a speech that advises Beowulf how he should lead his people in the future. Hrothgar’s advice to Beowulf details how he should be the protector of his people and lead them with truth, justice, and tradition as the…show more content…
Hrothgar’s final piece of advice for Beowulf brings all of his previous suggestions together to culminate in a useful code that Beowulf can utilize to rule. Hrothgar said, “O flower of warriors, beware of that trap (greed). Choose, dear Beowulf, the better part, eternal rewards. Do not give way to pride” (121). Throughout Beowulf’s tenure as leader of the Geats, his rule was successful and created a time of peace for the Geat people. No opposition dared to fight the powerful army of the Geats led by Beowulf. All that he accomplished was valuable to his colony, and above all, he provided them with security. Beowulf never put himself first and he used all of his resources to better the city-state. When Beowulf’s death was announced to his court, the messenger explains how the future might change drastically for the Geat people without Beowulf’s leadership. After the past wars with the Swedes, “they will cross our borders and attack in force when they find out Beowulf is dead...when our warriors fell and we were undefended he kept our coffers and our kingdom safe. He worked for the people, but as well as that he behaved like a hero” (203). Beowulf was so remarkable a leader when it came to the security of the Geat people that without him they feel that their chances of continuing to grow and prosper their society are slim to none. Hrothgar’s advice helped Beowulf manage his power by means of peace, truth, and justice. Beowulf’s leadership qualities were only
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