Essay about The Decline Of Moral Ethics

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The Decline of Moral Ethics “Choose, dear Beowulf, the better part, eternal rewards. Do not give way to pride. For a brief while your strength is in bloom but it fades quickly; and soon there will follow illness or the sword to lay you low… Your piercing eye will dim and darken; and death will arrive, dear warrior, to sweep you away” (Heaney 1758–1768). In this sermon by Hrothgar towards Beowulf, he warns having power and fortune distracts from looming dangers. Strength fades as time passes and enemies become overwhelming to defeat. In the epic Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney, Beowulf endures a decline in the battles from Anglo-Saxon warrior traditions and physical condition. Beowulf’s first fight with Grendel follows warrior traditions and leaves Beowulf unscathed. The second battle with Grendel’s mother nearly results in death and Beowulf resorts to the giant’s sword to finish her. In the third battle with the help from Wiglaf, Beowulf defeats the dragon, but unfortunately, it leads to his own demise from the bite that poisoned him. Anglo-Saxon warrior traditions are important in Beowulf’s mindset, which expresses strength without weaponry, chivalry of their leaders, and the courage to tackle a feared creature. Beowulf sets off on his journey for vengeance after Grendel attacks the mead hall and slays Hrothgar’s servants. Beowulf shows no fear of against Grendel and boasts about his pure strength. A sword cannot penetrate through the flesh and bone of Grendel and…

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