English Composition I 1101-74
Talk is easy, but actions speak louder than words. In Beowulf’s case, his actions spoke just as loud as his words. This quote from the book, “Anyone with gumption and a sharp mind will take measure of two things: what’s said, and what’s done” (Heaney 21) can be directly related to Beowulf. Many figures have had much to say, but what have they done? Beowulf made certain to stay true to his promises, far-fetched as they may have been. If he said he was going to kill a man-eating monster, there was no doubt that he would do it.
Beowulf was born into a royal family. Almost everyone knew of him and respected him. He was incredibly “likable”. He did not have to convince anyone to approve of him or think highly of him. To Beowulf, it seemed that it did not matter what others thought of him. He thought highly of himself and although he was not respected in his youth, he grew to be quite something. I believe that he gained more respect than ever when he sought out to kill Grendel, and actually succeeded.
Like him or not, Beowulf reminds us in some way or another of what we look for in a hero. He didn’t put a price on life. Everything he did, he did without fear. He would enter duels and battles with the utmost courage and confidence in his soon-to-be victory. Perhaps this is what set him apart from any other man of his time. Many people who read Beowulf now could consider him to be somewhat boastful, but it was this extreme confidence that led him to victory time and time again. In his time, this “boastfulness” that we consider rude now, was cherished then. If a man as great as Beowulf didn’t boast every moment that he had a chance to, then there wouldn’t have been any songs sung in his honor, no odes written for him, and no praises directed towards him. He boasted often but had reason to, and those around him loved it.
Beowulf carried his virtues wherever he would go. He was marked by honesty, courage, and...