One may, therefore, ask if Beowulf was such a loaf giver. Indeed, Beowulf showed generosity to all, especially those who justified that they deserved the king’s generosity. An example of this is Wiglaf, who remember the old king’s former largesse during the fight against the dragon. The king was very generous to him for the gesture that he showed. Beowulf was also a man of great wisdom as expected of kings in the line, "Our eternal lord grants some men wisdom, some wealth and makes others great" (1726-1729). One act of wisdom exhibited by the king was when he was in battle with Grendel and instead of readily attacking with no caution, asked one of his men to first attack Grendel. This was done so that the king would cunningly study the fighting style of Grendel and use it against Grendel himself. Indeed, such acts of wisdom were not seen only once or twice but in as many as three of Beowulf’s battles where he, among other things, used Grendel’s mother’s magical sword to defeat her, and also defeated the dragon using his own size and power (Kennedy, 2007). The Challenges during the rule of Beowulf There is an old saying that our true victory is not in never falling but in rising, anytime we fall. The relation of this saying to the kingship of Beowulf is that an assessment of whether or not Beowulf was a great king cannot be inhibited by the fact that during his reign, he was faced with several challenges and disadvantages. Indeed, it would be right to argue that these challenges and disadvantages came as a test case for the ability of Beowulf to surmount them through the making of the right decision in the midst of the problems. The commonest form of challenge that the kingship of...
This essay dwells on the character of Beowulf, on the theme of establishing his identity. What this generally means is that the writer wanted to create awareness for a person to rightly identify who he or she is, based on which critical decisions can be taken on the directions that the person wants to take in life (Spurr, 2000). While examining the character of Beowulf through his characterization, there are two major forms of identities that are given to him. The first of this is the identity of a warrior, and the second is the identity of a king. The debate continues to go on among reviewers as to whether or not Beowulf excelled in any of these two areas, and if he did, to which degree he excelled. In the current paper, the character of Beowulf as a king is critiqued. The critique shall be done from a very holistic and elaborate manner to ensure that judgments made on whether or not Beowulf was a good king will not be based on subjective discretion but on evidence based analysis of the character of King Beowulf. The conclusion of the paper shall, therefore, be used in making an emphatic statement and taking a well thought out stand as to whether or not Beowulf was a good king, based on the arguments that will be made in support or against his reign as a king.
The debate as to whether great kings are born or made will continue to go on. But as far as Beowulf is concerned, he exhibited through his period of reign as being a great who was both born to be great and made to be great.