Beowulf's Kingship

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Beowulf's Kingship

For the most part, Beowulf's characteristics describe those of a triumphant warrior who played a major role in defending the lives of his fellow citizens, while leading a thriving country. Although Beowulf soon became king, he died for his people, and was remembered as a victorious fighter. Beowulf is at least in part a study of kingship because it discusses the qualities that produce a good king, the disadvantages during his rule and how he overcame them, and the problems that arose upon his death.

Beowulf portrays the life a warrior turned king who demonstrates the qualities that not only the ideal king should have, but also the ideal warrior should exhibit. This allows the reader to notice how kings in the past were, and the power they possessed over the people of the area. "Our eternal lord grants some men wisdom, some wealth and makes others great." (1726-1729) This quote displays Beowulf's greatness as told to him by Hrothgar. He believes that the eternal lord grants this to him, and that this is not initially under Beowulf's control. Despite that, Beowulf still uses that inborn quality to further his achievements as a king and warrior.

Throughout the story, Beowulf handles many tough situations in which he almost always comes out the hero, saving the lives of the citizens. Beowulf pays a lot of attention to the people, and in turn, becomes a strong king with many admirers. "…My purpose was this: to win the good will of your people or die in the battle, pressed in Grendel's fierce grip." (634-636) As you can see, Beowulf feels strongly about the people. From this point, you can tell that Beowulf will make a good king, because of his desire to please the people. According to him, it was his main focus of the battle. Not only was Beowulf known for being a brave warrior and a strong king, but he was also known for being Edgetho's son. Although never a king, Edgetho was victorious warrior just like his son....
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