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The coast-guard answered," Anyone with gumption and a sharp
Transcript of The coast-guard answered," Anyone with gumption and a sharp
"Judge the worthiness of a man by his actions, not his words."
The coast-guard answered, "Anyone with gumption and a sharp mind will take the measure of two things: what's said and what's done." (p21)
"It was clear to many that the wolf of the deep had destroyed him forever..."
"...thanking God and taking great delight in seeing their prince back safe and sound." (P112-113)
"Time and again, when the goblets passed and seasoned fighters got flushed with beer they would pledge themselves to protect Herot and wait for Grendel with whetted swords. but when dawn broke and day crept in over each empty, blood-spattered bench...slaughter(p33)
"...the fact is, Unferth, if you were truly as keen or courageous as you claim to be, Grendel would never have got away with such unchecked atrocity, attacks on your king, havoc in heroto and horrors everywhere." (P41)
In this, the poet states that the only two things that affect other characters are the actions and the words of other characters. In the case of Beowulf, the later takes precedence in the way in which the quest unfolds. Although, he sometimes being the constant boasting and repeatedly mentions his own prowess, but his action also proved that.
Actions speak louder than words and when you just say that you are great or worthy of something, it doesn't mean as much when you portray by your actions that you are great and worthy.
This dialogue is king Hrothgar said to Beowulf. fighters, they are confident and protects their king by boasting or exaggerated behavior. It proves action is better than words in oppsite way.
Although Beowulf is strong and brave, when he does not come back from the lake after nine hours, the Generals of Dane begin to question what Beowulf said before.
But later, the triumphant return of Beowulf overturns their suspicion.
Beowulf's action proves his strength; His words inspire people but only his action makes people believe in him.
Unferth, a warrior in the tribe of the Spear-Danes, challenges Beowulf's boasts and claims about himself.
Beowulf refutes Unferth
But Unferth later lends Beowulf his famous sword, Hrunting, with which to fight Grendel's mother.
wiglaf one of the only ones who stayed by beowulfs side proved his worthiness through his action
explaination : most ofbeowulfs men abandon him when he needs help fighting the dragon. There actions tell beowulf that they are not worthy of the praise they are getting.
Actions (Beowulf's) speak louder than words (Unferth's). In the battle against Grendal and Grendal's mother, he was willing to risk his life .
Beowulf show great bravery and good judgement during his battle against the dragon, even though it was there that he met his demise.
I think a true hero would let his actions speak louder than words. Beowulf did what he promised to the people.
Beowulf did have a good records with the wins, but he is a little arrogant. (his boasts)
Once again the king gathered his strength and drew a stabbing knife he carried in his belt, sharpened for battle. He stuck it deep into the dragon's flank. (p183)
The Geat people built a pyre for Beowulf, stacked and decked it until it stood four-square, hung with helmets, heavy war-shields and shining armour, just as he had ordered. Then his warriors laid him in the middle of it, mourning a lord far-famed and beloved. Pg 211
Beowulf actions showed that he was strong minded because he didn't give up and he still won the battle against the dragon when he was hurt
This shows that bowlful's actions were so great that people looked up to him and saw him as a leader. He led by example.
"No help or backing was to be had then from his high-born comrades; that hand-picked troop to the safety of the woods."(pg 175)
" but within one heart sorrow welled up: in a man of worth the claims of kinship cannot be denied" (pg 175)