Analysis of an Anglo-Saxon Hero

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Analysis of an Anglo-Saxon Hero In Anglo-Saxon literature and most likely in Anglo-Saxon times, men were measured by many of the same aspects of life that men are measured by today. Men of that time period were godless, fearless, fame seeking, and most of all, courageous. Warriors, sailors, exiles, and even gods were in search of these things and often achieved them through completing daring deeds, withstanding harsh conditions, or beating the odds. It wasn t odd for men to die to get the job done either. Beowulf, a Scandinavian warrior, not only killed a terrifying monster, the monster s mother, and countless sea-monsters, but also killed a huge dragon too, achieving fame and showing a neighboring kingdom how much strength, courage, and fearlessness he had. It also seemed that heroes of that time had to boast about their deeds to other kingdoms and villages. In Beowulf, when Beowulf greets Hrothgar, he says, Hail, Hrothgar! I am kinsman and thane of Hygelac. In my youth I have set about many brave deeds. (Abrams, pg. 28) How many times have you introduced yourself to someone and say,
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course EN 01012 taught by Professor Carey during the Spring '07 term at BC.

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