Grendel's Coming From 'Hero In Beowulf'

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Grendel, a descendant of cain is angered by the prayers coming from Herot. He storms the building and kills 30 men bringing sorrow and fear. News travels to Beowulf a strong soldier. He decides to help kill the beast with the elders blessing. King Hrothgar welcomes Beowulf and gives him permission to fight Grendel. Grendel and Beowulf fight but Beowulf win by ripping off Grendel’s arm. Grendel's mother is angered by the defeat of her son she seeks revenge by killing King Hrothgar’s best friend and steals Grendel's arm back. Beowulf kills both Grendel and his mother. But years later Beowulf fights a dragon but suffers a bad injury and dies.

Beowulf is an example of a larger than life hero because, he’s willing to fight any monster
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He then storms inside and finds sleeping soldiers, Grendel is excited at the sight because it means food. He grabs 30 men killing them and dragging their bodies back to his home where he eats them. The battle between Beowulf and Grendel goes on and on which not any normal person can fight for so long. they punch and kick each other multiple times, smashing into walls and wooden beams. Eventually Beowulf pins Grendel down and starts pulling on Grendel's arm, skin tears and muscle rips. Beowulf rips Grendel's arm off at the shoulder. Grendel, now wounded badly escapes to his home, and Beowulf keeps Grendel's arm as a trophy. Grendel's defeat angers his mother and she looks for revenge. So as the men were celebrating Beowulf's victory and as soon as the men were asleep she breaks into Herot and Takes only one man and Grendel's arm. That morning King Hrothgar was shocked to find it was his best friend that she took and killed. Beowulf set out to find her and kill her. The men went to the lake, the home of Grendel and his mother. Without thinking Beowulf jumps in and dives down, he keeps diving and diving. It takes him hours to get to the bottom, but when he does he's grabbed by Grendel's mother. She tries to hurt him but she can't so she drags him to her cave. Beowulf gets free and starts hitting her with his sword but it's useless so he uses his hands. Beowulf sees a giant sword on the wall bigger and heavier than normal, he reaches up and rips it off the wall, breaking the chains holding it up. With one swing he cuts off Grendel's mother head killing her.

Elevated language is used throughout Beowulf to give it character. Beowulf has kennings and alliterations throughout the story for example of a alliterations; “ He moved quickly through the cloudy night up from his swampland, sliding silently.” Alliterations are two or more words with the same first letter. Another
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