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"Created from mine. I've worn this crown for fifty winters: no neighboring people have tried to threaten the Geats, sent soldiers against us or talked of terror. My days have gone by as fate willed, waiting for its word to be spoken, ruling as well as I knew how, swearing no unholy oaths, seeking no lying wars. I can leave this happy life; I can die, here, knowing the Lord of all life has never watched me wash my sword in blood born of my own family. Beloved." Note that Beowulf summarizes his 50-year reign in the lines above from Beowulf. What ideals are reflected in Beowulf's speech?

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This speech looks both backwards and forwards, backwards over his kingship and forwards to death. Thus the first ideal reflected in this poem is that one who lives a good and moral life does not fear death but approaches it calmly, seeing it as the natural completion of human existence. This calm in the face of death emphasizes that the moral person is brave and steadfast, with religion providing certainty and solace even in the face of dire perils. There is a sense that fate is ordained by God or gods and that accepting one's fate calmly and with dignity is a virtue.

Next, he suggests that the good king is a protector to his people, neither engaging in nor provoking unjust wars. Thus both his strength and his avoidance of injustice and greedy pursuit of conquest for his own sake keep his people safe. Thus another ideal seen here is that of the best warrior as one who protects his people and keeps them safe. He also describes never harming a member of his own family as a virtue.

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