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Beowulf Themes

Gareth Hinds
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Themes

The young Beowulf saves the Danes from two monsters. After a long and noble life, he dies defending his own people from a dragon.

Fortitude and Wisdom

For narrator and characters, wisdom and fortitude represent an ideal to which every man aspires and every society needs. Physical bravery was most' appreciated when accompanied by understanding and discernment. This discernment was not merely practical, it was supported by a larger spiritual understanding of God and the human condition. This is the point of Hrothgar's "sermon" in lines 1700-82.

The Danish coast guard, for example, (lines 229-300) respects and demonstrates these qualities in his treatment of Beowulf and his men. Beowulf is a fearless master of hand-to-hand combat. He demonstrates discernment in his understanding and treatment of men and women and in his sense of God, Even if his decision to fight the dragon is questionable, the narrator underlines the reasonableness...

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