Essay about The Epic Of Beowulf By William Shakespeare

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The poem Beowulf tells us several things about authority and what was expected of the aristocratic warrior of that era. It tells what actions should be taken in order for a warrior’s obligations to be meant. At the same time warriors have a certain way they were expected to interact and relate to one another. In order for this to happen a warrior must follow a hero’s code. It requires a warrior to be three things: loyal, respectful, and honorable. These three things are seen as the glue to holding one’s kingdom together in a time when there was no such thing as the modern day judicial system. A warrior’s duty was to protect their king and his kingdom from those who have come to conquer them. If a warrior is found to be worthy of these three things, then one day he could become king. Once he has reached this level, as the story’s hero Beowulf does, he must be a good king in order to remain in power. In Beowulf it is shown what it takes for political authority to be passed down from individual to individual. In this poem we see the stories main character go through the transformation of great warrior and hero to great king. Beowulf travels in the poem to the Danes kingdom to slay the monster Grendel, who has been terrorizing and murdering them. King Hrothgar tells the story of his prior association with Beowulf’s father and the history of obligation that exists between the two families. The King states, “There was a feud one time, began by your father.” (Beowulf 459) and…

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