Beowulf By William Shakespeare 's Beowulf Essay

763 Words Nov 11th, 2015 4 Pages
Throughout the ancient world reputation and respect were determined by one thing; showing off. Now men in these days showed off their strength, power, speed, greatness in battle, and courage. This was pretty much the only way you heard of anyone in these days if they were strong brave and killed a lot of people. Even look at the stories of monsters. You never hear stories about the foot long dragon stealing socks and getting rid of your rat problem. You hear about giant dragons destroying whole cities and killing for fun, trolls stealing children and monsters of all kinds doing horrible things. Men with greatness earned this in battle and being courageous. Burton Raffel’s Beowulf enforces this even more. Beowulf’s only motivation is respect and power. From the time you meet Beowulf in Burton Raffel’s Beowulf you learn of this. “In his far-off home Beowulf, Higlac’s follower and the strongest of the Geats – greater and stronger than anyone in the world-” (Beowulf lines 109-111) He is already bragging about how big and strong he is. Stronger than anyone in the world? Must have been huge! Anyway, it never says anything about helping those people that are being tormented by Grendal, just that he is going to go kill this foul monster and save everyone. Now of course this is going to get your name going around. You have just said that you are going to fight a monster and just because you want to. He is just looking for fame and something more to put to his name. He isn’t…

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