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The epic poem Beowulf was written around the mid 700s neither an exact date nor an author is known Beowulf becomes famous by defeating horrible monsters such as Grendel and Grendels mother Beowulf has pride in himself and in his battles Before he leaves for his homeland Hrothgar warns Beowulf about the dangers that are involved with pride Beowulf does not heed Hrothgars advice and dies for fame and fortune the two most important priorities in his life When Beowulf sets out to slay the dragon he becomes more concerned with his pride and fame than the consideration that he might die However he does have some foreboding that he may die in the battle Before Beowulf sets out to slay the dragon Hrothgar warns him about his pride and tells him that he needs to get his priorities straight Hrothgar says Push away pride Your strength your power Are yours for how many years Soon Youll return them where they came from sickness or a swords edge 1761-1764 If Beowulf does not choose internal happiness and he chooses his pride his pride does not last forever when death comes he will not be able to escape it Only internal happiness can last a lifetime but pride only lasts while one has his power When they get to the dragons lair Beowulfs pride becomes evident when he says What I mean to here no man but me Could hope to defeat this monster No one Could try 2533-2535 On top of insisting that no one but himself could defeat the monster he insists on going in alone without any of his men By going in alone Beowulf will achieve the greatest fame for himself if he slays the dragon When Beowulf fights he insists that his men not be included There are two different ways that one can view this situation as selfish or out of protection for his men By the way
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