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What is a hero Would one label a hero as a bloodthirsty warrior Today this epitomizes the opposite of our societys heroic standards However in Anglo-Saxon times blood and guts was all the rage The epic poem Beowulf is a prime example of these values In the last 1500 years the characteristics of a true hero have changed drastically An almost bipolar comparison can be made between todays realistic humble heroes and the mythical self-righteous heroes of the Anglo-Saxons This description of Anglo-Saxon value is at its height in the literature of the times Since their stories were originally oral traditions they are not completely accurate but there is not mistaking a general theme An Anglo-Saxon hero is portrayed as humanly flawless without any faults Goldsmith 65-72 Our modern heroes are more humble A ruggedly human persona is very valued Accomplishments lose to a personality that accepts that although they are good at what they do there will always be someone better than himself or herself Beowulf on the other hand would first of all brag relentlessly of his conquests First Unferth accuses him of being a braggart Youre Beowulf are you-the same Boastful fool 239-240 Also in the poem Beowulf tells of his battles They have seen my strength for themselves Have watched me rise from the darkness of war Dripping with my enemies blood 151-153 This is also an example of the other characteristic of Anglo-Saxon literature brutal pointless violence The best look at this violence comes through the novel Grendel which was written at a time the 1970s when mindless violence was often under the spotlight In the novel the author makes the Beowulf antagonist Grendel into an innocent victim of the violent humans At one point in the novel Grendel witnesses the spinning of tails by the Shaper Grendel says So he sang or intonedHe sang of the battles marriages of funerals and hanging the whimperings of beaten enemies of splendid
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