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Back in the day of the Viking how they viewed and thought of themselves is in some ways different than how we view them today Beowulf was one of many of these so-called Viking heroes and even today people view Beowulf in different ways Some people think that he was an Ideal Germanic hero while others think he was a Christ figure yet still others thought of Beowulf as the human condition I feel that if you read the story carefully you will find out that Beowulf was nothing more than a fallen flawed hero Along with Beowulfs actions he showed nothing more than a self-centered typical Viking that thought of nothing more than killing anyone and anything he could to become immortal for his deeds through the poems and songs written about them Beowulf was a flawed hero and showed it in many different ways with the way he acted and things he said If you look beneath the surface of Beowulf to his character you will see that he only stood for himself and himself alone The first and one of the biggest problems that Beowulf shows is boastfulness even for a Viking One example to show how boastful Beowulf was is when he talked about the swimming contest with Brecca It all started after Beowulf and his men arrived at the Meadhall in the process of trying to get permission to fight Grendel he was questioned on how he intended to fight a monster as strong as Grendel when he could not beat a human Brecca and was outstayed in swimming contest Beowulf did not get upset at all he just simply replied A cruel ravager dragged me down to the sea bed a fierce monster held me tightly in its grasp but I escaped with my life from the enemies clutches worn out by my ventureI have not heard tell that you have taken part in such contests in
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