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Beowulf The story of Beowulf is one of courage nobility and heroism Beowulf possesses each of these attributes both as a young prince and an elder king These qualities allow him to become the honored king that he was yet they also lead to his death His actions are to be viewed as a precedent for young princes and future kings Clearly every young prince inspires to earn enough respect to become king in their latter years Beowulf first earns this respect when he sails to Herot to kill Grendel the monster that has been keeping the soldiers out of their home Upon arrival in Herot Beowulf brags of his past accomplishments in order to earn some respect from Hrothgar and his men In my youth I have set about many brave deedsI had bound five destroyed a family of giants and at night in the waves slain water-monsters suffered great pain avenged an affliction of the Weater-Geats on those who had asked for trouble- ground enemies to bits And now alone I shall settle affairs with Grendel the monster the demon Page 32 While this beast has killed many of Hrothgars men Beowulf vows to destroy him with his bare hands Even after doing as he so promised Beowulf has still not finished his duties The following day he is faced with another challenge killing Grendels angry mother When Beowulf is asked to perform this task he accepts whole heatedly as he sees it as another chance to gain fame Let him who may get glory before death that is best for the warrior after he has gone from lifepage 45 Once again Beowulf returns successful in his battle with the monster only to increase his popularity within his people These courageous and heroic deeds are expected of any young or aging prince Clearly Beowulfs brave encounters with these monsters show his king and followers that he is worthy
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