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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 todays standards Men of that time period were godless fearless fame seeking and most of all courageous Everyone was in search of these qualities and they achieved them by completing daring deeds withstanding harsh conditions and they loved beating the odds These qualities still live on in us Beowulf not only killed a terrifying monster the monsters mother and also killed a huge dragon too achieving fame and showing kingdoms how much strength courage and fearlessness he had It also seemed that heros of that time had to boast about their deeds to other kingdoms and villages Acquiring such qualities lead to boasting People love to boast when they have beat the odds and have shown the world their will-power Boasting when drunk is still very existent is every part of the world like it was part of the Anglo-Saxons culture 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 How many times have you introduced yourself to someone and say When I was younger I accomplished many great things It wasnt enough for a man to show just his people of his accomplishments he had to make it know for everybody to see The same can be said about our us today If someone has acquired lots of money through his accomplishments heshe lets everyone know by buying expensive cars houses jewelry etc to state their success In the Wanderer the author says Men eager for honor bury sorrow deep in their breast Wanderer lines 16 17 In most Anglo Saxon literaure this macho is present The wanderer also states No man is livingto whom I fully unlock my heart Wanderer lines 10 11 The wanderer
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