A Discussion Of Beowulf 's Motivations Essay

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Fighting for a Cause
(A discussion of Beowulf’s motivations)

“It all comes down to motivation. If you really want to do something you will work hard for it,” Edmund Hillary. Motivation has a funny way of pushing people beyond their limits. This quote from Edmund Hillary shows how people will work for what they want. Everyone’s motivations are different; some people are motivated by individuals while other people are motivated by goals. Motivations are seen in the epic Beowulf as well. Beowulf, an old epic poem, was originally told orally for numerous years. Much of the poem gives us insight to the Anglo-Saxon way of life as we have little record of how people during that era lived. It has no specific author or date of when it was first written, but was later translated and rewritten by J.R.R. Tolkien. Beowulf, commonly taught today in classrooms around the world, has had a huge influence on scholars today and how we think of the Anglo-Saxons. Beowulf, the main character in this poem, goes on a great journey to defeat the terrible monster that was wreaking havoc on king Hrothgar and his people. Why does Beowulf, go and help these people? They aren’t from his native country and he really has no affiliation with them. What motivates Beowulf in this epic poem is the glory and duty of the fight, the need of the people to have a hero, and finally the legacy he will leave behind. To begin, Beowulf is motivated first of all by glory and duty. Throughout this…

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