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British Literature Justin Chen 8/30/11 Who is Beowulf?

Beowulf, is a masterpiece of early Old English Literature with an anonymous author. Who is Beowulf? He is a young warrior who has volunteered to kill this devilish monster, Grendel. After reading through the book, we noticed many of his boastful characteristics. By taking the Myers-Briggs Personality analysis, I have come upon ESFP to fit the characteristics of Beowulf. This anonymous authors piece of work Beowulf, not only gave a boasting character to fit in the description of Beowulf, but most importantly, how his character makes him a greater warrior. We can identify these characters through his needs of working as a team and being supportive enough to bring a change, his awareness of feelings that gradually affect his actions, and his liability on protecting the people based on his feelings. We can see that young people nowadays are much more similar to how he feels about himself, but are we also a great warrior like him? After several testings have the outcomes of Beowulf shows up and he have turned out to be extroverted. Beowulf needed the people around him as a support, he needs to be highly praised to gain his focus upon the target. We can see similar situations in the story, such as, At the mandate of one, oft warriors many sorrow must suffer; and so must we. The peoples-shepherd showed not aught of care for our council, king beloved!(XL). This quote didnt mention much about Beowulf, however, we have see that Wiglaf, continuously supported Beowulf in the later battles. Another quote brought out so we can confirm that Wiglaf highly supported Beowulf and Beowulf wouldnt have done it without his words, The wise old man spake much in his sorrow, and sent you greetings and bade that ye build...(XL). We can see from this quote that Beowulf was speaking about having someone replacing him after he dies and from this, we can see that he cared about the later generations of the people and also that he needed someone to bring support to him and his kingdom. We can then, ultimately conclude that Beowulf needs at least somebody to be supportive around him or he wouldnt wouldnt be able to finish the battle himself. As comparing sensing to intuitive, I have figured out that Beowulf is often doing the tasks based on his senses. Beowulf, when battling, often would apply certain actions according to his senses, such as what is said in this quote, Flung then the fierce one, filled with wrath, his deadly woe, that she fell to ground,(XXII). Here, we can see that he just killed Grendels mom to seek revenge for the king, because Grendels mom had took one of the kings best man. We can see a attitude of hatred being applied to this killing where revenge is involved. Other times, where having him kill is also based off of his attitude being mentioned in this quote, The body sprang far when after the death it endured the blow, sword-stroke savage, that severed its head,(XXIII). This description is

upon Grendels death, where Beowulf saw him resting and took his head. We can get an immediate response that he is in a mode of killing things. Therefore, we can conclude that if he relies on his feelings and attitude so much. It will have to deal with his sensing a lot. While comparing the two major connected ideas of extrovert and sensing, from my perspective he has came across receiving feeling from his character traits. As previously mentioned, he relies on his feelings in many of the battles. Overall, we saw him caring for the people and in any ways would attempt the impossibles to protect them. It is as if it is written in this quote, Be guardian, thou, to this group of my thanes, my warriorfriends, if war should seize me; and the goodly gifts thou gavest me, Hrothgar beloved, to Hygelac send!(XXII). Not only have Beowulf gained his trust upon protecting Hrothgars nation, but he has also formed an alliance confirming their reliability. From this, we can see how he cares about the people around him. That if they are in trouble, hell join in to help. This is how I reached the conclusion of him receiving feeling as one of his character traits. Now that we got a overall view of how the characteristic analysis relates to the description of Beowulf in the story itself. Beowulf proved to be an extrovert, including those times when he interacts with people that are in high position, he seems to have a special connection with the better warriors. He is much consistent upon his sensing too, whenever there occurs to be a battle, everything seems to be affected by his emotions and senses; At last, I got a result of him relying much on his feelings. He seems to have hatred moments where hes just full of revenge, also hes got some sad moments in the end when hes losing his last breath. We can now conclude that the character traits ESFP had some matchings to the description of Beowulf himself. Many of us also have similar traits that Beowulf does, but the thing is, we have not been able to play in a role of imagination. Bibliography "SparkNotes: Beowulf: Analysis of Major Characters." SparkNotes: Today's Most Popular Study Guides. Sparknotes. Web. 31 Aug. 2011. <>. XL. Beowulf. Trans. Gummere. 1-90. Print. XXII. Beowulf. Trans. Gummere. 1-90. Print. XXIII. Beowulf. Trans. Gummere. 1-90. Print., Danielle Poirier. ESTP ESFP Personality Types | 16 MBTI Personality Types Myers Briggs MBTI Personality Types | Personality Pathways. Web. 31 Aug. 2011. <>.