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Unformatted text preview: basically portrayed by the poet in the same light as earlier in the poem. He is a fair and kind leader who is not shy about bequeathing land and objects to his people. For example, at the end of the poem, Wiglaf realizes how generous Beowulf has been to him throughout his life, and comes to his aid because of this. The perception of what a hero should be and how a king should act stays the same throughout the poem. Beowulf learns from both Hrothgar and Hygelac how to be an appropriate and compassionate leader, in addition to learning from his life experiences....
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- Spring '08
- Classics, King Hygelac, generous Beowulf