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The Qualities of a King I feel that 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 To me these qualities allow him to become an honored king yet they also lead to his death His actions are to be viewed as a precedent for young princes and future kings I believe that every young prince inspires to earn enough respect to become king in his latter years In my opinion Beowulf first earns this respect when he sails to Hero to kill the monster that has been keeping the soldiers out of their home Rendel Upon arrival in Herot Beowulf brags of his past accomplishment While this beast has killed many of Hrothgars men Beowulf vows to destroy him with his bare hands I feel that even after doing as he so promise Beowulf has still not finished his duties The following day he is faced with yet another challenge of killing Grendels angry mother When Beowulf is asked to perform this task he accepts whole heartily I believe 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 life Once again I feel Beowulf returns successful in his battle with the monster only to increase his popularity within his people I believe that these courageous and heroic deeds are expected of any young or aging prince I feel that clearly Beowulfs brave encounters with these monsters show his king and followers that he is worthy of becoming a fearless leader However his ability to rule goes beyond those feats in battle Beowulf has been showered with gifts of gold and riches for his tremendous achievements of killing the monsters I believe that this is where his manner is shown to be one of strong moral
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