Beowulf Quotation Analysis

Beowulf proves his bravery by showing no fear when faced with danger, and it is this that leads him to the much-deserved fame, that is valued by so many men of his time. For the purpose of this argument bravery will be defined as a great display of courage and fearlessness, and fame will be defined as widely known and celebrated. We can clearly see Beowulf's bravery when we take into account his fearlessness. When Beowulf says "I shall not fail" (3) he is demonstrating that he will not only try to defeat the monster, which in itself would be brave, but he will kill the monster of which is a sure sign of his fearlessness and therefore bravery. Beowulf also says "I am not afraid, O King. I snap my fingers/ In the face of death, for fame is worth the seeking"(9) which once again relates back to the idea of bravery. This time however he actually mentions the fact that he not afraid when he says, "I am not afraid". That is truly the statement of a brave man.

But, this is not the only idea the quotation provides us with. It also shows us how important fame is to the men of Beowulf's time. He says that he will fight the evil monsters because "fame is worth the seeking". This shows us that Beowulf holds fame over riches, for were he to seek out riches he could invade other lands with mush less effort then that required to slay a hideous monster. Some may wonder why this may be but the answer seems clear to me. The people of Beowulf's time figured something out that many people today struggle with. It is the idea that after you are dead your possessions no longer matter and it is only your story that lives on. Beowulf is still widely know and celebrated as one of the great heroes we now study, and why? It is because of the fame he earned by killing evil sea monsters, not from the silver and gold he collected. So it is evident that Beowulf proves his bravery by not fearing anything including evil monsters, and it is this that leads him to the fame he sought for so long.




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