Analysis Of ' Beowulf ' And ' The Three Battles '

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Cassandra Bingaman Mr. Strausbaugh British Literature 18 September 2015 Beowulf and the Three Battles According to Michael Delahoyde "Kings should display the heroic ideal and be known for an extraordinary and courageous feat or for success in war, all preceded by some boasting." In the epic poem, Beowulf eventually became king and even before that time, the people looked up to him for his bravery and courage. Beowulf bragged often and although battling certain enemies seemed grueling, he kept his confidence high and went forward. People saw him as a hero for he never gave up. Beowulf proves his heroism through the defeat of Grendel, Grendel 's mother, and the dragon. The fight with Grendel shows both Beowulf 's power and strength. Although anyone who ever fought Grendel wore armor and used weapons, Beowulf showed bravery by using absolutely nothing. Ultimately, he was characterized as the strongest man ever during the fight and freely bragged about his strength. As stated in the text, "The captain of evil discovered himself in a handgrip harder than anything he has ever encountered in any man on the face of the earth," (749-752). Grendel was notably being overpowered. "He was overwhelmed, manacled tight by the man who of all men was foremost and strongest in the days of his life," (787-789). The two quotes show the strength of Beowulf being that Grendel has never come across anything so powerful. To sum up, the fight between Beowulf and Grendel shows

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