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ShayMyName | Student | Honors

Posted April 21, 2013 at 8:41 PM via iOS

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What is a lesson we can you learn from reading about the battles and accomplishments of the characters in Beowulf?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 24, 2013 at 8:13 AM (Answer #1)

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One of the most important lessons we can learn from Beowulf is that our greatest strength comes from our mind, not from weapons.

Beowulf is a hero not just because he can wield a sword, but because he has humility and respect when he needs to, and he knows how to use his head.  Beowulf is able to go after monsters with his bare hands because he is self-assured and brave.  He does this because he has to. 

The wrathful warrior flung away that decorated, jewel-studded blade; steel-edged and stark, it lay upon the earth. He trusted in his strength and the grip of his mighty hand. (ch 22)

Clearly, the message here is that bravery is about more than facing danger.  It is about knowing where your strength lies and what you can use to your advantage, no matter what terrible situation you have gotten yourself into.

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