EC 3.1 - basically portrayed by the poet in the same light...

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In the second part of the poem, Beowulf continues to be referred to as a hero, and with positive references and adjectives. Words such as “loyal”, “stalwart”, “undaunted” and “honored” are used to describe the hero. The poet also uses other characters, such as Wiglaf, his fellow warriors, King Hygelac and the Danes as foils to show Beowulf’s continued heroism and leadership. Beowulf’s promise to help the Danes keep their shores safe also exhibits his continued heroism. Beowulf is continuously portrayed as an upstanding, helpful, loyal and kind hero who would go out of his way to aid someone in need. As King, Beowulf is described as “old and wise”, and “the hero”, but is
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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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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2010 for the course ENG 237 taught by Professor Glascock during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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EC 3.1 - basically portrayed by the poet in the same light...

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