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Abraham Maslows hierarchy of needs dictates the four different levels of progression that are required to achieve self-actualization There are a number of different literary characters that were studied this semester that fit into Maslows hierarchy and strive to achieve self-actualization The first of all is the character Beowulf who actually achieves self-actualization for a brief time during his adventures The most important to the human quest for self-actualization is the character Everyman who embodies all human beings on earth and possesses all of their qualities The third is of course Macbeth the character that drives himself insane trying to achieve what he views as self-actualization All of these characters embody some form of the human quest for self-actualization Some achieve it some dont its a question of their strengths and weaknesses This is true of all humans these characters demonstrate to us our own quest for self-actualization some find it others only experience a flash of enlightenment and others are content with the level of the hierarchy of needs that they stand on Some people are doomed to wander blindly in search of that final level on the list never finding it until like Macbeth it drives them mad Each of these characters are on a quest for their own form of self-actualization Beowulfs s for glory Everymans is for self-preservation and Macbeths is for power each have their own quest as do all human beings on their quest for self-actualization The first character on a quest for his own form of self-actualization is Beowulf who strives for glory in defeating the monster Grendel and finally his mother Beowulf has already climbed the triangle to belonging at the opening of the story Beowulf is accepted by his fellow man however he strives to rise far further than that adding to his esteem and finally finding his self-actualization The epic begins with Beowulf being summoned to battle the monster Grendel When this happens Beowulf
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