Which of the following is a reflection of the Anglo-Saxon traditions?
a. Beowulf’s elaborate armor.
b. Wilgaf’s inability to defeat the dragon.
c. Beowulf’s bestowal of great gifts on Wilgaf.
d. The departure of Beowulf’s men when it appeared he was losing the battle with the dragon.
(If possible, a brief explanation for my understanding would be great). Thanks so much!
P.S This question is in connection to Beowulf.
Beowulf illustrates many traditions and characteristics true to the Anglo-Saxon culture. Beowulf is a hero because he upholds the Anglo Saxon tradition and epitomizes the type of man who would be looked up to by the Anglo-Saxon society. In regards to the options given, "C" is the correct answer.
"A" is not correct. Although armor would be a sign of one's nobility and importance, Beowulf's armor is not a prerequisite for one being a hero.
"B" is also not correct. Heroes were not immortal. They would face defeat. As seen in Beowulf, Beowulf even falls to the wounds the dragon gave him. His death does not prove anything other than his acts of heroism have ended. It is the same with Wiglaf.
"D" is not correct either. The leaving of Beowulf's men actually speaks against Anglo-Saxon tradition. Men stood by one another; they did not alienate each other.
Therefore, "C" is correct. By Beowulf passing down his crown to Wiglaf, he is making sure the best man takes over as king. Wiglaf stood by his side against the dragon and proved his true worth.