In what ways do you think Beowulf reveals the values of the Anglo-Saxon society?

Ways that Beowulf reveals the values of the Anglo-Saxon society are that bravery, honor, and respect are displayed in the protagonist, Beowulf, and that Beowulf is praised for his kindness, wisdom, and gentleness by King Hrothgar.

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Beowulf shows the centrality of the mead hall as the symbol of Anglo-Saxon values. In this world, nature is not a benign manifestation of divine goodness where one's heart leaps at rainbows and butterflies but a savage, dark place of danger, populated with the monsters like Grendel (usually lesser monsters, such as bears and wolves, but monsters all the same) that threaten humankind. Nature is a place where evil lurks, waiting to pounce on the unsuspecting, described as a dangerous place of moors and swamps.

In contrast, the mead hall represents the center of all that is good in Anglo-Saxon civilization: safety, security, community, warmth, food, merriment, and hospitality. In attacking Heorot Hall on a nightly basis, the savage monster Grendel is threatening the destruction of the very fabric holding civilization together and, instead, leaving it bloody and dismembered. He is, therefore, an existential threat to civilized human existence itself.

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