The Heroic Codes Of Good Versus Evil In Beowulf

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Beowulf is an epic poem revolved around the theme good versus evil and how Beowulf is considered a hero. To begin with an epic poem is a narrative about heroic deeds. Beowulf demonstrates this by Going on the hero's journey. He is brave and skilled warrior that once hearing of Grendel's destruction goes to slay him. In the narrative Beowulf, warriors follow the heroic code: having strength, courage, generosity, and honor. With the heroic code warriors can be very prideful and extremely cocky when talking about their achievements and successes. That is how one gains respect and raises their position amongst the clans. For example, when Beowulf arrives after hearing of Grendel's destruction and horrific deeds, Beowulf says,
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The pagan culture during this time didn’t see being egocentric as snobbish but the way of the heroic code, which they lived by. Additionally blood vengeance is also a major part of the heroic code. Beowulf continues to take risk and fight against evil, avenging people who have been murdered. On of those people being Asher, one of Beowulf’s closest friends. When Grendel’s death provokes his mother to come and seek vengeance, killing Asher. Beowulf utters, “Wise sir, do not grieve. / It is always better / To avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning. / For every one of us, living in this world / Means waiting for our end. Let whoever can / Win glory before death. When a warrior is gone, /That will be his best and only bulwark” (I. 1383-1389). In order to feel better you have to part take in blood vengeance. Being sensitive and mourning someone dear is not the pagan way. Getting justice, as Beowulf says, is the only way to move forward. This is what makes Beowulf a hero, he seeks righteousness which prompts him to battle against …show more content…
But there are two authors of the story, the scop’s and the monks. With different beliefs and contrasting values. The aim of the monk teaching about Christian ideology while the scop will focus more on entertainment and the way of the pagan culture. The shift between the two can easily be seen when reading Beowulf. The scop will emphasize more on the battles then the monk will change these battles to involve some type of reference to the christian faith. For instance, when Grendel is introduced the monk

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