Kim Gruenenfelder stated, “Money can 't buy happiness. But it sure can rent it for a while”. Feelings do not last forever, they are temporary. Beowulf was written by an unknown Anglo-Saxon poet around 1000 A.D. Beowulf is an epic poem that consists of three parts and reflects the early medieval warrior culture in Europe. Beowulf is a hero that battles three gruesome monsters and creates a representation of the best values of the heroic culture. Each part is about a fight with a specific monster: first Grendel, then Grendel’s mother, then the dragon. Honoring of thanes with treasure and gold is one of the practices used as a reward. Beowulf’s (the prince of Geats) attitude does change toward treasure over the course of the poem. Throughout the poem, his desire to collect as much treasure decreases.
As a matter of fact, gold is one of the most valuable treasures in the world. In the beginning, Beowulf had a strong desire for treasure. Gold can be used as a reward, gift, or symbol of honor. During the funeral of the Danish king Shield Sheafson, "They stretched their beloved lord in his boat, laid out by the mast, amidships, the great ring-giver. Far-fetched treasures were piled upon him, and precious gear. I never heard before of a ship so well furbished with battle tackle, bladed weapons and coats of mail. The massed treasure was loaded on top of him: it would travel far on out into the ocean 's sway." (34-42). A noble king is being covered with treasures as he is being buried and sent out to sea. A boatload of treasure is being sent out to sea with his body for his greatness. This implies that gold is way to reward a hero for his service. As a reward for defeating the monster Grendel, "A...
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...2794-2797). Beowulf looks at the treasure sadly even though he is leaving such a legacy for his people. He is pondering whether his offerings was worth the treasure. At this time, the treasure does not give him the same kind of honor. Beowulf concludes that the gold gifts are spoils to the battle to the death.
All in all, Beowulf’s attitude towards gold and treasure changes throughout the epic poem. Beowulf could of had all the treasure in the world but realizes that it does not buy happiness or satisfaction. Beowulf starts off with a desire to collect treasure, then decreases. Beowulf builds a strong character and fights for the people. The value that that Beowulf gave gold affected him differently. Beowulf’s attitude shows that gold can also be a symbol of regret. With all the gold in the world. Beowulf still did not end with the same kind of honor or happiness.
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