The given paper will discuss a bunch of themes of R.M. Luizza's translation of Beowulf. Well, along with numerous Germanic elements of Christianity we’ll also discuss the roles of women in this literary work. At first, we should discuss kin as well as kingship, varying inseparably in favor and against over the course of the poem. Throughout the literary work, Beowulf gradually matures from a valiant combatant into a professional leader. The given transition clearly demonstrates that a differing set of values perfectly accompanies each of his two roles. The obvious difference between these two sets of values manifests itself on in the outlooks of Beowulf as well as King Hrothgar. While young Beowulf, who has nothing to lose, wants nothing except personal glory, the aged Hrothgar, has much to lose, so he seeks protection for his folks. Although these two outlooks appear to be oppositional, each personage acts exactly as society dictates considering their particular role in society.
The Scyldings' King Hrothgar and also Queen Wealhtheow embody the themes of hospitality and generosity of kingship. The so-called code of the comitatus appears to be the heart of the Beowulf epic. Within this system, the king or feudal lord is used to providing weapons as well as a share of treasure to his soldiers also dubbed retainers in return for their substantial support of the leader in battle. One of the greatest qualities here is the leader's generosity. The author made use of up to 30 different terms for "king" in this literary work. Many of these terms give an emphasis to the role of provider. For example, he might be a treasure-giver or ring-giver. As for his seat of power, it’s often dubbed a gift-throne. When booty gets seized from an enemy in battle, everything goes to the ruler. The king allots treasure to each soldier in compliance with the man's achievements as a warrior. When Beowulf manages to defeat Grendel as well as his mother, the major personage expects and obtains enormous riches as his deserved reward, including a golden banner, mail-shirt, helmet, jeweled sword, not to mention magnificent horses with golden trappings, hanging to the ground. Moreover, he got a gem- studded saddle along with a golden collar. Undoubtedly, such generosity appears to be emblematic of Hrothgar's character. In turn, the major character presents these treasures right to his own king, Hygelac. Then, the king will honor Beowulf with great gifts too.
The given paper will discuss a bunch of themes of R.M. Luizza's translation of Beowulf. Well, along with numerous Germanic elements of Christianity we’ll also discuss the roles of women in this literary work. At first, we should discuss kin as well as kingship, varying inseparably in favor and against over the course of the poem.