Beowulf was written by a Anglo-Saxon Scop, or storyteller, and tells a story
about a hero, Beowulf, who comes to help the Danes fight the dreaded Grendal. Beowulf
is a classic epic hero and is honored by being passed down in the story. Beowulf
embodies the ideals of conduct in the Anglo-Saxon culture by being loyal, seeks fame
and glory, and performs brave deeds.
Beowulf is loyal to the Geats (which is his people), the Danes (Hrothgar's men),
and Anglo-Saxon society. Beowulf is loyal to the Geats by accepting this tremendous
task of helping the Danes and does not question his king. He is loyal to the Danes by
being respectful to his people and treating Hrothgar with the honor that he is due. He
does not act differently because he is not his king. Beowulf is also loyal to the Anglo-
Saxon society by staying true to the definition of a hero of that time. He is a textbook
hero in Anglo-Saxon times.
Beowulf seeks fame and glory throughout the whole poem. That is a characteristic
of an Anglo-Saxon hero. Beowulf first finds fame when he kills Grendal and hangs
Grendal's arm in the mead hall< or meeting hall. He further seeks fame when he avows
to " cleanse the land of all evil". Beowulf is not just saying Grendal but all the troubles in
the land. After killing Grendal it sparks the battle between Grendal's mother when she
seeks revenge. After a close call Beowulf comes out victorious and is now the greatest
warrior of the land. After these great deeds the Geats award him with the throne of
Beowulf performs brave deeds because he feels that it is his duty and it is the only
way to achieve fame and glory. In Anglo-Saxon times heroes who were brave had there
lies preserved in stories and were passes down through the ages. Beowulf defeats two
great enemies and then at the climax of the poem is defeated by the dragon and they
reveal the comin of the new...