However, because there is only one manuscript of Beowulf still in tact very little is known about the poem or its author. Moreover, from this quotation the reader may notice a direct use of foreshadowing for the events to follow. When the chance arose to become famed he took it. The hero in Anglo-Saxon culture and literature is best defined as an honorable warrior. This creates a devastating paradox in which it becomes nearly impossible to deduce an unbiased view of life in Anglo-Saxon England.
To truly symbolize the crucifixion, a study of the fight with the dragon is necessary. Fate becomes the jurisdiction of God. It is truly the cause for the rise and fall of men for centuries and thus has become one of the greatest concepts to be addressed in British literature. This last motive has turned a value that had seemed greedy at first to something noble and kind, which is a fit description for someone like Beowulf. Materialism in Beowulf is represented very well, and demonstrated in numerous parts of the text and story. For the people in Anglo Saxon, Christianity had become firmly established and it served as a peace-keeping force. During his reign, Beowulf runs a successful kingdom and sacrifices his life to save his kingdom from a dragon.
A hero had to be strong, intelligent, and courageous. The poem concentrates on the life of the adventurous Geat warrior, Beowulf. All warriors had a shield that was made of wood and usually lined together by metal. To begin with, one of the characteristics that Beowulf portrays and relates him to an Anglo Saxon hero is the courage he has. He must display courage in the face of overwhelming or impossible odds, and he must have the strength to back his courage. Beowulf himself was apathetic to the notion of death, he stated it many times throughout the poem, a fine example is his speech prior to fighting Grendel. Overall, the Anglo Saxon value of courage was expressed in the book when Beowulf is willing to fight Grendel without using a man-made weapon.
The lord was the most important figure in Anglo-Saxon society. Conversely the protagonist, Beowulf, and his portrayal of godlike perfection allows the reader to interpret Beowulf himself as the central outcast, existing in an imperfect world. If Beowulf were to have a flaw though, since he is but human, it may very well be his pride and need for fame. This states that the king was indeed very grateful that he had made the journey and as a result he considered Beowulf a great friend. Because the Britons came to rely on Roman military protection. Good Anglo-Saxon women are peaceful and unassertive, greeting guests and serving drinks to the warriors and other men in the meadhall.
This characteristic plays an important role on how he acts all throughout the heroic poem. Strength and physical appearance are essential to the Anglo-Saxon warrior. Heroes represent the principles and ideals associated with the varying morals of each individual society. Is there some metaphor we are supposed to perceive. Intelligence is important to the Anglo-Saxons, especially in leaders. Like Christ, Beowulf must face a task that will benefit all who follow him even though he must accomplish this alone.
He went through all of the trouble not knowing when he got there what he would be faced with. Hrothgar is often described as being wise, and this shows that wisdom is also an important character trait. Beowulf shows the true meaning of the Anglo- Saxons throughout this poem, he shows that he has defeated other horrible things and that he will have no mercy against Grendel. Beowulf himself was apathetic to the notion of death, he stated it many times throughout the poem, a fine example is his speech prior to fighting Grendel. Beowulf constantly refers to his loyalty to his lord, Hygelac. Beowulf also shows that a hero must be humble.
Beowulf our protagonist is symbolized as a hero, who represents the Anglo Saxons at the time. In this manner, Christian allusion dominates the majority of the poem. Which Cities became centers of learning at first? This world was filled with monsters and obstacles to slay or overcome. Thus, as new stories were being told, to make them apply to the audience, Christianity had to be incorporated. While he acknowledges that these pagan ideals carry significance, it seems he holds contempt for the peoples of an age not much younger than this one who are not yet exposed to the views of Christianity.
Beowulf makes reference to Ingeld and his wife and the coming Heathobard feud: in that hot passion his love for peace-weaver, his wife, will cool 2065-66 This is a rare passage, for Anglo-Saxon poetry rarely mentions romantic feelings toward women. He is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his bold exploits, and favored by the gods. While the values differ widely, the Anglo-Saxon society seemed to approach the issue of religion with ambiguity and ambivalence. In the three intense battles in the poem, Beowulf is the embodiment of an Anglo- Saxon warrior. Beowulf displays his great strength time after time. Beowulf wanted to become famous for a great act of valor and courage that he would be able to do. Go now quickly Dearest Wiglaf, under the grey stone Where the dragon is laid out, lost to his treasure; Hurry to feat your eyes on the hoard.