How Does Beowulf Embody Anglo-Saxon Ideals of Conduct?


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Beowulf embodies Anglo-Saxon ideals of conduct — which included integrity and dignity — through his heroic monster-slayings, proving both his bravery and, as king in the final episode, his loyalty to his people. Some scholars have argued, however, that in sacrificing himself, Beowulf did a disservice to his people by leaving them without a king.

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Nevertheless, such heroic self-sacrifice is concordant with the Anglo-Saxon emphasis on warrior values. In any case, his eventual fate is widely interpreted as a matter of predestination rather than personal choice.

In his transition from warrior to king, Beowulf embodies the Anglo-Saxon ideals of courtesy and wisdom. Unlike Hrothulf, Beowulf does not seek the throne for himself, supporting instead the candidate he sees as most fit to rule.

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