Conflict Within Beowulf

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Conflict Within Beowulf

By | December 2012
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British Literature
Academic Paper #1
Confliction within Beowulf
Conflict is a condition of opposition and discord. In a novel or story a main character may be the focus in determining the result of a conflict. Therefore, secondary characters often may be discounted for their own parts in the resolution to the story. Hrothgar, the king of the Dane’s and a secondary character in the epic, Beowulf, written by an unknown author, was responsible for abolishing his land of the monstrosity that plagued his domain. Hrothgar rid his country of evil that haunted his realm by utilizing his great wisdom. King Hrothgar bared the ability to discern and judge what was true, right and lasting. He processed accountable and reliable knowledge. Hrothgar had the experience and understanding to follow the soundest course of action. This was evident in the epic when Beowulf, the powerful and foreign warrior, entered Hrothgar’s kingdom to seek permission to subdue Grendel, the shepherd of evil, who was terrorizing Hrothgar’s region. While requesting his service, Beowulf, in lines 407-455, boasted of his accomplishments and endeavors. For instance Beowulf states this, “They had never seen me boltered (clot) in the blood of enemies when I battled and bound five beasts, raided a troll nest, and in the night-sea slaughtered sea-brutes,” (419-422). Then Unferth, one of Hrothgar’s council members, taunted Beowulf by claiming that Beowulf was a liar and a fool. Hrothgar did not halt Unferth, but instead waited and listened for Beowulf’s response. Beowulf responded in a calm and respectful manner, which proved to Hrothgar that Beowulf was able to be trusted and he then granted Beowulf’s request. Hrothgar’s wisdom led him to listen for Beowulf’s reaction to determine the soundest course of judgment to avoid a matter of greater conflict. Compassion is another quality Hrothgar processed that gave him the responsibility of purging his nation of the destructive force that threatened his country....