Essay about Good Vs. Evil With A Heroic Warrior

813 Words Oct 5th, 2015 4 Pages
In Anglo-Saxon literature, the poems all had a common theme of good vs. evil with a heroic warrior. In the passed down story with no known author Beowulf, the main character Beowulf displays every characteristic of a true Anglo-Saxon warrior which were strong, intelligent, and courageous. King Hrothgar of Denmark was having problems with a powerful demon named Grendel, who would attack and kill his men in their mead-hall on a daily basis. King Hrothgar had once done Beowulf’s father a great favor so Beowulf being the loyal and respectable warrior he is happily accepts his offer to help take care of Grendel. Beowulf shows how truly honorable of a warrior he is in his fight with Grendel. Beowulf already much out sized by Grendel decides to fight the beast with no weapons because Grendel is not using any. Beowulf ends up ripping the beasts arm out and Grendel flees back in the swamp, but regardless of the outcome Beowulf shows great courage by putting his life on the line and even giving up his weapons for a fair fight. The author describes Beowulf’s honor perfectly in lines 2177-2179. In this story the author portrays Beowulf as the complete Anglo-Saxon warrior, because in every situation no matter how small or life threatening it is he always will do the honorable thing.
Beowulf first displays his honor in the story by avenging his father’s favors from King Hrothgar by agreeing to help the Danes. Beowulf says, "I had a fixed purpose when I put to sea. As I sat in the boat…

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