Epic Of Beowulf Essay

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Beowulf is the Geat son of Ecgtheow.“He was like no other warrior and he had arm strength greater than thirty men alone”(Beowulf. N.p). Beowulf reflects from both pagan and christianity traditions. Beowulf and his people lived in a place called heorot.
Beowulf was called to fight by the king of the danes king Hrothgar’s because he knew that Beowulf was more than ready to fight the battles.When Beowulf was only a boy, he had battles with his friends and swam for miles with his sword in his hand and armor on the rest of his body”(Beowulf. N.p). Like his father, beowulf had fighting in his blood. He never would have thought he would become an epic hero. “In a typical epic, the hero suffers great trials and often encounters enemies as he carries
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In the fight against Grendel where he used no weapons to defeat him, Beowulf’s resolution was to use only his bare hands to beat his opponents. Bringing along a sword which did no justice against the attack on Grendel’s mother, Beowulf still had a motivated to kill. “Remembering his reputation, Beowulf throws his sword aside and fights Grendel’s mother with his bare hands”(Beowulf). Beowulf took a risky excursion to the cave which Grendel’s mom lived. It was underwater and he was unsure how far under he had to go in order to find her. He thought about defeating her the same way he defeated Grendel. However, her drive of revenge increased her strength, causing them both to fall during battle and she upsurge faster than beowulf and began to sit on him.
Grabbing the sword look like an creation of the giants , Beowulf swung slicing Grendel’s mom neck. He then finds Grendel’s deceased body and takes his head back to his people as a display that he is able to tackle any obstacle thrown at him.“It appears that beowulf’s motivation for being a hero and battling evil are combinations of both selfish and selfless reasons”(Mega
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None of his comrades came to him, helped him, his brave and noble followers; they ran for their lives, fled deep in the woods. Only one of them remained, stood there, miserable, remembering as a good man must, what kinship should mean.”(Beowulf. Beowulf. Houghton). Beowulf knew the dragon had treasures and if he defeated he could return the treasure to his kin. “A great treasure lay hidden in an upland barrow, but all those who had buried it died before bequesting it to their surviving kin. A malicious dragon found the hoard and assumed possession of it. For three hundred winters he jealously guarded the treasure”(Ashliman, D. L.).
Together they defeated the dragon but in the end, the combat left beowulf mortally wounded. Before he died, he asked Wiglaf to bring him the gold that the dragon was hiding to see how beautiful it looked. Beowulf then gave Wiglaf instructions to transport the gold back to his people, to guide them and have the geats build a tomb in his honor.“You are now the last of our kin, fate has taken away all my kingsmen. I must follow them”(Ashliman, D.

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