Beowulf Essay | Beowulf Symbolization

Gareth Hinds
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Beowulf Symbolization

Summary: In the noted epic of the same name, Beowulf symbolizes the Anglo-Saxon people of the time through his display of loyalty and bravery.
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An epic hero can be described as a figure of elite status as well as someone who provides a legendary importance. Beowulf is considered one of these heroes. His large stature and obnoxious personality allows him to tower over others like him. His legendary demeanor relates him to the largest and strongest of his fellow Geats. However, the Geats did not believe in life after death; therefore, the only way to live beyond death was to prolong the legends they had inspired. This belief resembles those of the Anglo Saxon society.

Beowulf is described as "greater and stronger than anyone anywhere in this world." Beowulf is also related to the Geat elite family; a relative of the king, Uncle Higlac. He can also be depicted as a creature of "harsh unending, violent cruel and evil." Beowulf is a hero of the Geats; a full fighting descendent of an unbeatable king.

As a warrior and defender Beowulf used not only his appearance to belittle others but used his stature to frighten them. At exactly the appropriate time Beowulf would use his strength to defend his fellow Geats and defeat all others. Beowulf demonstrated leadership and courage which inspired the Geats to follow his path.

This strange warrior Beowulf symbolizes the Anglo-Saxon people through his display of loyalty and bravery. He not only used his strength to defeat them but also manipulated others in order to heighten their panic.

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