First, both the characters prove that they are, indeed, true Anglo Saxon warriors, both upholding and maintaining the values, qualities, and characteristics required of a thane by their society. They display loyalty in their gratitude to their gold giver, bravery in their reactions to dire situations, strength and skill with weaponry in their battles, and generosity. The characters' loyalty is of no question in this text. Beowulf, before he wrestles with Grendel's mother, makes sure that in the instance of his death all of his bounty will be bequeathed to his lord to show his appreciation of the lord's generosity. He orders Hrothgar to "send Hygelac the treasures I received" and "let the Lord of the Geats gaze on that gold, and see that I found a ring-giver of rare maginificence and enjoyed the good of his generosity" (P. 66). Furthermore, after Beowulf returns to his lord, he bequeaths the treasure to him and states, "It is still upon your grace that all favor depends. I have few kinsmen who are close, my king, except for your kind self" (P. 79). Wiglaf shows this same type of loyalty to Beowulf in later sections of the story when... [continues]
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