He is not engaged in such acts to be a thug but to be a hero for others.
"Do you fools listen to music or do you just skim through it?"
I'm sorry, could you explain what that line has to do with what I wrote, please? Are you calling me a fool because I offered some information about the poem? I do not recall ever making declarations against hip-hop or other recent forms of music, (though you might be surprised by some of what I have listened to and enjoyed).
Also, you wrote that there was sex and profanity in Beowulf
. What are you referring to, please and what translation?
The same thing can be said about "violent" and "profane" forms of music such as hip-hop, where the violence and profanity is often used and interpreted as a way of rebelling against what the artist perceives as an oppressive society--such as NWA and police brutality, etc. Many of these rappers and rock stars are heroes for others. Ice Cube is a hero to Blacks; Eminem to Whites with crazy mothers, Marilyn Manson to depressed gothic kids.
Thank you for giving some of your thoughts. This helps in understanding your point of view.
The issue here is simply a double-standard. All the old farts in the world want to acknowledge their garbage as works of art and will go through great lengths to articulate lousily-crafted apologetics for these fetishes, but they won't do the same for modern garbage.
And I'd much rather listen to modern garbage that's at least relevant to my generation than to read ancient, irrelevant garbage that's been overly praised and fetishized by old farts who want to make their generation or culture or whatever seem more artistic or grand than it really was.
Would you please now explain what you mean by apologetics (which I do not think that explaining a particular character or situation is) and "fetish"?
I certainly read a lot of different works and listen to a variety of music. There are some forms that I personally don't care for and that's all it is, my personal preference. I do not expect everyone to be like me. So I do not have any "double-standard" in that regard.
What have you been exposed to that leads to such vehemence and name-calling? Why call music or literature "garbage" at all?