What values does the young warrior Beowulf possess and how do the values of older leader Beowulf compare and contrast?
Show examples of these values within the text of Beowulf. Are there values in both
that talk to a national consciousness?
Do these values foreshadow other Medieval works like the Arthurian legend?
How do these values and actions reflect the feudal system and the code of chivalry?
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As you brainstorm what values does the young warrior Beowulf possess and how do the values of older leader Beowulf, it seems like the younger one prides himself on sheer physical prowess and human pride. His emphasis on masculinity and sheer physical manifestation is show in his brazen display of bravery:
"Beowulf got ready,
donned his war-gear, indifferent to death;
his mighty, hand-forged, fine-webbed mail
would soon meet with the menace underwater" (1442).
When Beowulf risks his life to help King Hrothgar, his value of selflessness is demonstrated.
Conversely, the older one is more humble, benevolent, spiritual, and more morally centered as he ages. His sense of piousness and wisdom is shown by the quote:
"Our eternal Lord
Grants some men wisdom, some wealth, makes others
Great. The world is God's, He allows
A man to ...
Beowulf is examined in terms of values, ethics, and morals.