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In Beowulf the classic epic, Beowulf, the hero of the epic, and other major characters reflect heroic ideals and beliefs of courage, generosity, unquestioning loyalty and devotion.
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In Beowulf the classic epic, Beowulf, the hero of the epic, and other major characters reflect heroic ideals and beliefs of courage, generosity, unquestioning loyalty and devotion. Courage is most evident throughout Beowulf Beowulf does not back down from any challenge that stands in his way whether it be Grendel, Grendel's mother, or the dragon. His bravery is most evident in his preparation for his fight with Grendel, Beowulf, "took off his shirt of armour, the helmet from his head, handed his embellished sword, best of irons to an attendant,?óÔé¼?ª" He chose to bravely fight his foe, man to beast...
of Beowulf's company that joined him at his battle with the dragon, also showed loyalty in his aiding his Beowulf in fighting the dragon as others cowardly shy away from the fight and followed Beowulf's instructions for carrying out his funeral and other processions after Beowulf's death, and in his speech to the people he remained true to what happened and glorified Beowulf.

Essentially, as portrayed by the heroes of Beowulf, the "good" people should, like Beowulf, live by the heroic values of valor and courage, loyalty and devotion and together with generosity attain immortality through their glorious deeds.

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