Throughout this epic poem, Beowulf battles the fiercest monsters known to mankind. He does not only protect his people and prove his worth, but also gains glory. After all, the Heroic Ideal states life should be a quest for glory through courageous and noble actions. That is exactly what Beowulf seeks when he goes after Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon that eventually kills him. After each of these battles Beowulf receives many rewards, including treasures. For example, after defeating Grendel, Hrothgar presents Beowulf with a large boon that includes a “gold standard” and much more: (1020)
“Then Halfdane's son presented Beowulf
with a gold standard as a victory gift,
an embroidered banner; also breast-mail
and a helmet; and a sword carried high,
that was both precious object and token of honour.”(1019-1023)
In this example, the rewards Beowulf receives are not only a “token of honour” but also represent the glorious actions Beowulf has gone through while defeating Grendel. When people see Beowulf with these great treasures they will instantly know he has done something great. This also applies for the great treasures Beowulf receives after defeating Grendel’s mother. Hrothgar again showers... [continues]
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