Comparing Beowulf, A And Good And Bad By Setting Moral Examples

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Beowulf: A Guide to Proper Kingship Great authoritative figures lead their people in times of good and bad by setting moral examples. In Beowulf, Beowulf serves as an authoritative figure through his youthful heroism. The epic begins by discussing Shild, the first king of Denmark, and how Shild is the basis of what a good king should be. The plot advances to Beowulf, a noble warrior from Geatland, who saves the Danes from Grendel and his mother because Hrothgar, king of the Danes, fails to show strength in a time of need. The epic forwards to Wiglaf, a young kinsman of Beowulf, who displays bravery, benevolence, and loyalty as he aids an elderly Beowulf in slaying a dragon. Shild is considered a great king because he makes Denmark a nation to be feared as he conquers neighboring nations and rewards his warriors. Beowulf is a dominant warrior who displays leadership when nobody else steps up to the challenge. Wiglaf, just a young soldier, displays the virtues found in a strong leader. Beowulf uses these characters and their reactions in dire circumstances to prove what leaders should and should not do. In this way, Beowulf stands as a lesson in politics and statecraft and shows the catastrophic results of leaders failing to follow moral ethics. Loyalty acts as a fundamental rule in statecraft, and Beowulf shows that nothing positive comes out of betrayal. The warrior code encourages loyalty as kings reward their warriors with gifts. Shild achieves prosperity by…

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