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Kaylyn Guisinger Beowulf Project 6A

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Kaylyn Guisinger

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Transcript of Kaylyn Guisinger Beowulf Project 6A

Beowulf: A True Hero

Beowulf was confident in his abilities, both as a warrior and as a leader as he had fought dangerous monsters throughout his entire life as a warrior and always ended up being victorious. He was brave, strong, and heroic so he was right in being confident. Like any other individual who was always victorious in difficult battles, bragging was to be expected from them. At the end of Beowulf’s life, he explained how nothing could intimidate him and that no nation had the great power that the Geats had, revealing the greatness of Beowulf himself.
Beowulf was a young warrior and despite his age, he was extremely wise and mature. Through the use of gnomic sayings, the author is able to show Beowulf’s tenacious personality. Beowulf is aware of the problems that have occurred and how they could be solved if able to. For example, unlike most others, Beowulf knew that political marriages would not be able to heal old feuds “no matter how admirable the bride may be,” since feuds run much deeper than a simple marriage. Beowulf also explains that grief is not something that should be held on to, but only revenge should be gotten for the death of a significant individual, which was a very mature thought for his young age.
Beowulf, though is strong, courageous, and confident in his abilities, is also grateful for the people who supported him and helped him through battle. For example, Hrunting, the sword Unferth lent him to fight and beat Grendel’s mother, failed Beowulf while fighting, but was still gracious for the temporary gift. Throughout Beowulf’s lifetime, there were many close encounters with death, but he was always thankful for him being able to come out alive and victorious. He depended on God to support him throughout all his battles and explained how without his help, he would have quickly lost his life.
Background Information
Beowulf has many heroic characteristics, but being fearless was one of the most significant aspects in the anglo-saxon culture. Being fearless is to not have fear for anything, including death and the frightening unknown. When Beowulf went off to battle, he fought for glory or would die heroically in the process. Death was not something that Beowulf worried about since he was fearless, but he did worry for those left behind. Beowulf cared for his comrades more than anything else and instead of being afraid of death like any other warrior, he was only occupied with the thought of what would happen to his comrades if he were to die in battle.
“I meant to perform to the uttermost what your people wanted or perish in the attempt, in the fiend’s clutches. And I shall fulfill that purpose, prove myself with a proud deed or meet my death here in the mead-hall” (43).
Beowulf, which was written by an unknown Anglo-Saxon poet around 700 A.D., and later translated to Old English, is about a hero named Beowulf and his journeys and battles throughout his lifetime. Beowulf is seen as a strong and respected warrior, and later a king, who would never bow down to challenges. He fought deadly monsters and saved many lives, making him a significant hero to all who has read the story.
“This fight is not yours, nor is it up to any man except me to measure his strength against the monster or to prove his worth. I shall win the gold by my courage, or else mortal combat, doom of battle, will bear your lord away” (171).
“If this combat kills me, take care of my young company, my comrades in arms. And be sure also, my beloved Hrothgar, to send Hygelac the treasures I received. Let the lord of the Geats gaze on that gold, let Hrethel’s son take note of it and see that I found a ring-giver of rare magnificence and enjoyed that good of his generosity… With Hrunting I shall gain glory or die” (103).
“‘Wise sir, do not grieve. It is always better to avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning. For every one of us, living in this world means waiting for our end. Let whoever can win glory before death. When a warrior is gone, that will be his best and only bulwark’” (97).
“The friend of the Shieldings favours her betrothal; the guardian of the kingdom sees good in it and hopes this women will heal old wounds and grievous feuds. But generally the spear is prompt to retaliate when the prince is killed, no matter how admirable the bride may be” (139).
“In days to come, he contrived to avenge the fall of his prince; he befriended Eadgils when Eadgilds was friendless, aiding his cause with weapons and warriors over the wide sea, sending him men” (163).
“Then that stalwart fighter ordered Hrunting to be brought to Unferth, and bade Unferth take the sword and thanked him for lending it. He said he had found it a friend in battle and a powerful help; he put no blame on the blade’s cutting edge. He was a considerate man” (125).
“I barely survived the battle under water. It was hard-fought, a desperate affair that could have gone badly; if God had not helped me, the outcome would have been quick and fatal” (115).
“‘Well, friend Unferth, you have had your say about Breca and me. But it was mostly the beer that was doing the talking. The truth is this: when the going was heavy in those high waves, I was the strongest swimmer of all’” (37).
“For fifty years I ruled this nation. No king of any neighboring clan would dare face me with troops, none had the power to intimidate me. I took what came, cared for and stood by things in my keeping, never fomented quarrels, never swore to a lie” (185).
Beowulf, just like any hero should be, was braver than any other individual, taking on ferocious beasts and always ending up victorious, until his final battle. Beowulf, being confident and strong as well as brave, decided to fight Grendel no help from others but his own men and without any weapons whatsoever. Beowulf knew his abilities and was confident and brave enough to take on Grendel without the support of a weapon. Being brave was one of the most important aspects of being a hero and Beowulf radiated bravery.
“So it won’t be cutting edge I’ll wield to mow him down, easily as I might. He has no idea of the arts of war, of shield or sword-play, although he does possess a wild strength. No weapons, therefore, for either this night: unarmed he shall face me if face me he dares” (47).
“Now I mean to be a match for Grendel, settle the outcome in single combat. And so, my request O king of Bright-Danes,… my one request is that you won’t refuse me, who have come this far, the privilege of purifying Heorot, with my own men to help me, and nobody else” (31).
Formal Behavior
Beowulf was raised to behave very formally and was taught many formalities, especially the ones needed when interacting with a king. His formal behavior showed his kindness and gratitude toward Hrothgar and how he was there to provide for protection of the Danes. First interactions provide for how an individual is to be seen for the rest of a story and since Beowulf was following formalities and was kind, readers could respect him and see him as a significant character that would be found throughout the rest of the story. Beowulf made a strong first impression, both on the readers, and Hrothgar, allowing for him to be perceived as a heroic and caring character.
“Yet there was no way the weakened nation could get Beowulf to give in and agree to be elevated over Heardred as his lord or to overtake the office of kingship. But he did provide support for the prince, honoured and minded him until he matured as the ruler of Geatland” (161).
“‘Beowulf is my name. If your lord and master, the most renowned son of Halfdane, will hear me out and graciously allow me to greet him in person, I am ready and willing to report my errand’” (25).
Beowulf was an extremely proud warrior and king. Being proud is the satisfaction of one's own achievements and qualities and Beowulf was definitely happy what he had done within his lifetime. When he had beaten Grendel, he was proud of his achievement but would have been even more satisfied with his victory if Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, was there to witness it. Also, when Beowulf went off to go fight the dragon, he was too proud to bring a large army with him. He felt confident in the abilities of the few he brought along and himself and therefore they would easily be able to destroy the dragon that is causing terror and distress on the Geats. Being proud can be both a blessing and a curse and Beowulf was affected in both ways since being proud led him to lead a great life, but his pride took his life in the end when fighting the dragon.
“Yet the prince of the rings was too proud to line up with a large army against the sky-plague” (159).
“We have gone through with a glorious endeavor and been much favoured in this fight we did against the unknown. Nevertheless, if you could have seen the monster himself where he lay beaten, I would have been better pleased” (65).
Beowulf was a very respected individual by all who had known about him. Hrothgar, who was the king of the Danes, even explained that if he were to die in battle, he would want Beowulf to take care of his children, which was a significant request since family was extremely important in that culture. Beowulf was not only respected by the people he had touched, but also individuals that have only heard of him and his courageous actions, showing how great of a hero he was.
“Beowulf, my friend, your fame has gone far and wide, you are known everywhere. In all things you are even-tempered, prudent and resolute” (117).
“Should you die before him, he will treat our children truly and fairly. He will honour, I am sure, our two sons, repay them in kind when he recollects all the good things we wants keep him, the favor and respect he found in his childhood” (83).
An Actor For a New Adaptation of Beowulf
Chris Hemsworth has always played strong heroic roles in the movies he has acted in, but also in his roles he has a very relatable side to all his characters. Beowulf is the same as the roles that Chris Hemsworth has played because he is mighty, heroic, respectful, brave, and personable. That personable side to Beowulf allows for the readers to connect and relate to him more, which is significant in any story since it keeps the reader interested and wanting to read more. Chris Hemsworth draws people in with his skill of acting and making the viewers feel connected with the movie or show they are viewing, making him a great actor for a new adaptation for Beowulf.
The End!
By: Kaylyn Guisinger
Period 3
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