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The Lead of Beowulf Huy Ngo Beowulf displays the qualities of a good leader that were mentioned in the speech given by Hrothgar The speech speaking of the vices and virtues of great political leaders contains many of the same qualities that Beowulf embodies His boastfulness generosity and kindness are evidence that he is a good leader and provides for his people Although the qualities he posses may not be the best-fit qualities of a common man they are admirable qualities of a strong leader Beowulfs high self-regard acts as a promise to his people It is a promise saying that he will provide for them and he can keep his country in order and away from harm Because Beowulf speaks very highly of himself he is required to support his claims and give to the people Hrothgar claims that flaunting is a way to keep the Geats happy because they believe what he says I will stand by my word make good my promises To your Geat-friends now will make you come with counsel courage for their hearts through long comfort years1706 The Geats need someone to believe in and who would believe in someone with low self-esteem or someone who didnt believe in themselves The people need assurance and they found that assurance in Beowulf Beowulf reassures his people that the Dragon will be dealt with and gives them courage to withstand this threat I lived in my youth through hard war-moments--- now here I am ready battle weary king battered with winters for final glory-time if that grim hall burner will come to meet me from his mound of gold pg 81 Beowulf wants to reassure his people that he can once again succeed in defeating his enemies The people believe that Beowulf will succeed again Beowulfs obligations to the people require him to slay the dragon Beowulfs self centeredness is what makes him an ideal leader in
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