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As English societys sense of physical security strengthened the writings of the periods changed in style and genre but retained the old values and heroic rhetoric In Battle of Maldon the characters boast brag and tell directly what they are feeling and they do this is several ways The mead-hall imagery gives the author an opportunity to tell the reader about the integrity that was expected of each warrior The character of lfwine articulates this Remember the speeches we have spoken so often over our mead when we raised boast on the bench heroes in the hall about hard fighting Norton 74 This mid-battle speech was delivered to remind his fellow fighters of their promises to be worthy warriors and to raise their morale and courage Similarly the warriors would often make proud speeches of what they were about to do amidst the heat of battle as does Leofsunn I promise that I will not flee a footstep hence but I will go forward avenge my dear lord in the fight Steadfast warriors about Sturmer need not reproach me with their words that now that my patron is dead I would go lordless home abandon the battle But weapon point and iron shall take me Norton 74 Using these devices the author demonstrates that the warriors had rules which were common-knowledge to them There was extreme shame if they were not upheld and the warriors were expected to fight to the death for the good of the clan This seems a bit extreme by 20th century standards but it was necessary for the survival of their culture Beowulf uses imagery that is similar to Battle of Maldon but the tales are longer and more detailed as they are no longer a historical account They contain additional narrative information about what the characters are thinking and feeling In boastful language similar to Battle of Maldon Beowulf is described in line
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