Luis Manuel Flores Denogean In the poem, Beowulf, perseverance can be perceived as one of the most important factors for the success of the main character. Perseverance can be described in many ways, but the true meaning of the term is commitment. How someone stays committed with a goal or task until glory is reached, all the effort and hard work placed into the action being realized, personal reasons, and the patience had while realizing it, are the main points of perseverance. The motivation to not give up is also a very important factor of perseverance; the reward someone gets when completing a task is part of motivation.
The people who are successful in this world like pro athletes, businessmen, politicians, and individuals who accomplish their personal goals, are probably successful because they persevered in whatever task they had. This means they stayed committed and motivated throughout their tasks and never gave up even if the situations were tough. Perseverance is a great factor in the heroic poem, Beowulf. In the poem the main character is named Beowulf, he is characterized for his great fighting skills and abilities.
He uses perseverance as his main tool for success in the story; he uses it to defeat sea monsters, Grendel, Grendel’s mother, a dragon, and ruling as a good king. Staying committed until glory is reached is very important for success, because if the people do not stay committed during their tasks or goals they will not be successful. Some people stay committed at the beginning of their tasks, but all of the sudden they start to slack off because they probably want to see results immediately, or they feel like they cannot resist any longer because things are not going how they are suppose to be.
This term is one of the most important points of perseverance because the main key of the term is to stay committed until glory or success is reached, it could take months or years, it does not matter. What matters is to get the job done and be glorious. In the heroic poem, Beowulf is illustrated as a character that stays committed until glory is reached. When he fought Grendel’s mother he struggled a little bit because when he attacked her with a sword that was supposed to be unstoppable, he did not do any damage.
After he saw that his attack was worthless he did not give up or ran away, in fact he looked for ways to defeat her and he finally found a sword made by giants and swung it through her neck. Beowulf clearly demonstrates that he was committed to finish Grendel’s mother because he did not give up and he finally found a solution that led him to glory. Another important factor of perseverance is motivation. How someone stays motivated is very important because motivation is what will lead the to keep going in their tasks and not give up.
Beowulf completed all of his battles and tasks because he had a reason behind everything he did, that reason was his personal motivation. A factor that motivated him was to impress the Hrothgar the king. When the king asked him if he could kill Grendel’s mom, he immediately said yes. He wanted let the king see that he could defeat any monster. When he killed her, the king was very impressed because she was a very hard monster to defeat. Lastly, the most important motivation anyone can have is to beat your personal goals, to prove to your own self that you can do what you want to do.
Another important motivational factor is the reward awarded after completing a task. When he killed Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon, he received gold, horses, necklaces, and even the Hrothgar considered him a son. These possessions motivated Beowulf to never quit and always finish what he started. Proving to your own self can be another key for success that involves perseverance. When someone tries to prove something to their selves, they try really hard to defeat their personal ego and bad mentality. Beowulf tried to prove himself that he was unstoppable and that he was a great warrior.
Every time he fought he wanted to prove to himself how great he was, and that is why he was successful. His personal reasons were also important in getting glory. When he was about to fight the dragon he said, “ I risked my life often when was young. Now I am old. but as king of the people I shall pursue this fight for glory of winning, if the evil one will only abandon his earth-fort and face me in the open” (Beowulf 2511-2515. When the dragon attacked Beowulf’s mead-hall he got mad and sought revenge. Revenge is when someone does something to you and you want to answer back.
So the dragon attacked his property now he was going to answer back with an epic battle against him, because he was seeking revenge and wanted to prove to himself that he could be glorious, he fought really hard and killed the dragon. He also died but he proved himself that he could defeat anyone and he got revenge. Beowulf was a great warrior all of his life; he used commitment, motivation, hard work, and proving himself to succeed. All of these terms are the puzzle pieces that form up perseverance. So if one word can describe Beowulf’s success it would be perseverance.
In all of the battles he set his goals, personal reasons, and committed through them. If he did not persevered he would have failed every battle. At the end, all his hard work paid off because he was in charge of a kingdom and once again this gave him motivation, greatness, and he proved himself he was on top of everyone. When Beowulf died he was happy because he accomplished everything he wanted in his life. He is going to be remembered for the great warrior that used “perseverance” as his main tool for success.