Essay On Archetypes In Beowulf

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Archetypes in Beowulf

An archetype the arrangement or astronomically understood the design that is present in literature all around the world. There are archetypal figures in life. They relapse and become familiar to people through all ages and nationality. Throughout history, few literary works have caught the audience's attention by absorbing these patterns.
Beowulf contains many archetypes like the hero’s journey, the outcast, and light vs. dark. Beowulf is the protagonist, he demonstrates light along with King Hrothgar and all of the citizens. Grendel, the antagonist that serves as the purpose of darkness. The story is entitled to revolving around an ongoing battle between them, which was the original story of the battle of light vs.
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The character perfect for this archetype is Hrothgar. For the extent of the novel, he acts as a role model to Beowulf consoling him to achieve greatness. Hrothgar portrays this archetype while talking to Beowulf about life and how to be a good king. He says “...understand true values. / I who tell you have wintered into wisdom./ Do not give way to pride./ for a brief while your strength is in bloom but it fades quickly… (119)”. Being a mentor requires experience so that wisdom can be between bestowed into another and that something is learned. He will without a doubt do anything for Beowulf. He is the first person to take his side in anything and is the first impression to his new life. The mentor archetype is useful and appealing because people still have mentors teaching them in the form of parents, a friend, or teacher guiding them through life. Lastly there are The Loyal Retainers. The people who are very important because they are usually the sidekick who has a duty to protect and reflect the integrity of the hero. Beowulf’s sidekick is Wiglaf. He comes at the end of the story and is the only soldier who stays and assists Beowulf kill the dragon, “No help or backing was the be had then/ from his high-born comrades; that hand-picked troop / ran for their lives / but within one heart sorrow swolled up. (173)”. He also stays with with Beowulf when his last breath is taken. Wiglaf gets this archetype considering …show more content…
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