Essay Analysis Of ' Beowulf ' By William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare once said “Life every man holds dear; but the dear man holds honor far more precious dear than life.” Honor is a trait that is admired and is considered heroic. In a hero’s lifetime their ultimate goal is to receive honor for their accomplishments. A hero is willing to give up and do anything that will help them succeed. When given the choice between living a cowardly life, and dying a hero most would choose the latter. “Beowulf” by an unknown author, is the story of a hero, Beowulf who battles several monsters, in the search or honor. Greed and a need for honor are Beowulf’s downfalls. Certain traits are deserving of honor, a hero should take responsibility for the safety of their people. and a person’s deeds, shape their identity.
In “Beowulf,” characterization is used to show that both heroic traits and flaws playa role in the outcome of a hero’s journey. After arriving in Denmark, Beowulf asks Hrothgar for the honor of defending the Herot. “Now Grendel and I are together, and I’ve come. Grant me, then, Lord and protector of this noble place … That I, alone and with the help of my men, may purge all evil from this hall.” (XX-XXI) Beowulf felt the need to be confident in order to convince Hrothgar of his worth. He wanted the honor that came with slaying Grendel, no matter the consequences. Beowulf also felt the need to list his previous accomplishments, when his honor was challenged by Unferth. “But the truth is simple: no man swims in the sea as I…

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