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McMillan 1 Keianah McMillan Ms. Clack Multi-Cultural Literature 22 October 2018 Anglo-Saxon Values in Beowulf Throughout history stories of epic heroes have been passed from generation to generation. The Anglo-Saxon culture passed down stories orally before they had a written language. Beowulf is an epic poem that was written by the Anglo-Saxon culture. Beowulf demonstrates the heroic ideals of the Anglo-Saxon culture. Reading the epic poem Beowulf he showed tremendous heroic characteristics one of those being “wergild”. “How the monster relished his savage war/ on the Danes, keeping his bloody feud/ alive seeking no peace offering/ no truce, accepting no settlement, no price/ in gold or land, and paying the living/ for one crime only with another…” ( Beowulf lines 67-73). In many instances throughout the poem, Grendel stands for the opposite of all that the Anglo- Saxons stand for. In this passage he is “keeping the bloody feud/alive.” rather than doing the honorable thing and paying for the deaths he caused. The author illustrates this point further by stating the Grendel is “paying the living/for one crime only with another.” When traditionally the killer either paid with money or his life. “fighting was a very of life, and not to be avenge the

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