Paper: An Analysis of a King's Qualities and Leadership Skills in the Epic of Beowulf

Additionally, Beowulf was able to earn the respect of others. An example of this was during the merry feast at Heorot, the night of the first battle. Unferth begin to hassle Beowulf as he was boasting about his past battle with the fierce sea-creatures during a swimming match with Brecca. Unferth claimed that his story was false and that Brecca was the winner of the swim contest. Without breaking a sweat, Beowulf turned Unferths claim into a drunken mans bluff. Beowulf retaliated by pointing out the fact that if Unferth were as brave as his boast, Grendel would not threaten the halls of Heorot. In the end, Unferth was made to look weak and jealous of Beowulf in front of others. Beowulf illustrated that he was able to control any conversation and gain peoples confidence in him. Lastly, a good king must show compassion. Beowulf displays this by helping others in their time of need. With the consent of lord, he traveled to the far off shores of Scyldings and heroically protects and saves the Danes from Grendel. Even though Beowulf had no responsibility to protect Hrothgar, he valiantly guarded Hrothgars Heorot from Grendels mother when she came the next night to avenge Grendels death. In these battles, Beowulf faced monsters with superhuman strength. As told before, Grendel(Shown in figure to right) was fierce and killed countless thanes of the kings; but with leadership and courage he lead his men into battle against these great odds. These are the deeds of a leader and a great king. In order for to be a leader or king, one must possess leadership, inspire confidence, demonstrate compassion, and against all odds, fight for good. Beowulf of Geats was a man that possessed all these. He demonstrated these qualities many times during the course of this story. This epic eventually tells that Beowulf was indeed a great king until his death when he the defended his land from evil and killed the mighty dragon....