Beowulf begins with a history of the Danish kings. Hrothgar is the present king of the Danes. He builds a hall, called Heorot, to house his army. The Danish soldiers gather under its roof to celebrate and have fellowship with each other. Grendel, who lives at the bottom of a nearby swamp, is awakened and disgusted by the singing of Hrothgar's men. He comes to the hall late one night and kills thirty of the warriors in their sleep. For the next twelve years Grendel stalks the mead hall known as Heorot.
Beowulf sees Grendel's mother in a cave. He tries to hit her with his sword, Unferth's Hrunting, but it fails to pierce her skin. So he throws the sword away and attacks the mother with his bare hands. He trusts "in his strength, his mighty hand-grip." Beowulf manages to throw Grendel's mother down; however, she quickly retaliates and is soon sitting on top of him. She tries to kill him with a dagger, but Beowulf's armor protects him this time. Beowulf managed to throw her off of himself and sees a sword of enormous size, which he immediately grabs.
After defeating Grendel Beowulf enjoys the celebration and rewards that Hrothgar has treated him to. Beowulf earns the respect of the whole kingdom of Heorot. A few nights later Grendel’s mother learns that her son was killed by a human. She comes angrily back to the mead hall where she will take vengeance for her son. “But now his mother had sallied forth on a savage journey, grief-racked and ravenous, desperate for revenge” (pg. 89). Grendel’s mother is another stage in Beowulf’s step toward an older warrior. Before the great battle with Grendel’s mother, Beowulf was a little bit more mature and was not as confident. “Beowulf got ready, donned his war-gear, indifferent to death; his mighty, hand-forged, fine-webbed mail would soon meet with the menace underwater.” (pg. 101) He needed armor because he feels that it wasn’t the kind of battle he would face without his necessity to survive. After a long fight Beowulf finds the strength in him to grab the weapon that would kill Grendel’s mother. Once again good has defeated evil. Beowulf comes through as a hero one more time before his departure from Heorot.
In a mighty kingdom named Herot, many men and women lived happily under the power of their king Hrothgar. The only thing that would ruin their happiness and joy would be this monster named Grendel. Grendel lived beneath the kingdom, he was hateful and forged in slime. Grendel was a monster born of Cain, he was banned by God for his murderous death of his brother. Grendel attacked the kingdom during the night when the men were sleeping. He killed many of the men that were trying to kill him.
Imagine growing up, and hearing marvelous stories of heroes and their adventures before bed. Do you remember your favorite superhero from when you were younger, or putting on a cape and acting like them? In the epic poem Beowulf, being a hero is the greatest honor to have. In order to become one, you must slay a monster. The Anglo-Saxons define a monster as someone who defies social norms. In result, they need to be shown justice, leading to stories that can be passed down to reinforce the ideal characteristics of bravery, sympathy, and generosity.
Look in the mirror, and look closely. There are many flaws that you see, but weren’t there until society said they were. Society, like either of the monsters of Beowulf, makes people afraid to come out, show themselves, and have fun. Everyone has a little bit of Grendel and the Dragon in them, but we also have a little Beowulf. Everyone should take that small bit of courage and fight against the oppression that society has set upon us.
People have a fear in their mind, something that they will never want to see in the night , it could be something horrible or it could be something that deeply attract to people that they always want to know but afraid to know. Beowulf is translated from the West Saxon language by Burton Raffel, the author creates a mood in which everybody is terrified of the monster, and the monster has the ability to destroy everything that it wants. This not only happens in the past, but also in real life. My phone is like Grendel , it changes my habit. When there is something like Grendel, people need a hero to help them, that’s why Beowulf is important. He is the only one that could beat Grendel, and save people’s lives , even though he is not sure whether he could beat Grendel or not, but he tries everything to help people. Phones and Grendel are both hard to defeat, because they are both negative and hard to change. Phones make people’s lives different. Phones bother you at night, and keep you awake, but
An epic poem should include an epic hero, the presence of a supernatural force, a vast setting and also it should often feature a tragic death. As in the tragic death of Beowulf himself.
At this point in the conflict between Beowulf and Grendel’s Mother, Beowulf tries to hit Grendel’s Mother with his sword, but the sword could not penetrate her scaly skin, so he results back to using his bare hands, making sure to stay calm and collected. Although, Beowulf does get lucky and finds an enchanted sword in her cave that is able to slice through her tough skin, “a resolute blow / that bit deep into her neck-bone / and severed it entirely” (1565-1567). With this assistance, Beowulf is able to defeat Grendel’s Mother with ease and takes the hilt of the sword and Grendel’s head back as treasure. Grendel’s Mother also symbolizes a descendant of Cain, but is more pure than Grendel himself is, “now his mother / had sallied forth on a savage journey, / grief-racked and ravenous, desperate for revenge” (1276-1278). In consideration that this is Grendel’s mother, shows that she is much closer to Cain in terms of blood lineage, which explains why she is a more troublesome opponent to face than her son, Grendel.
Beowulf’s glory has now come back to haunt him as Grendel’s mother, a dragon is searching for blood. Beowulf slays Grendel’s mother with a sense of ease as it seems. The mighty sword given to Beowulf by Hrothgar was the mightiest weapon in all of the land. Beowulf heads to the lair of Grendel and his mother where he finds riches beyond anyone’s dreams. Beowulf and Herot would be quite prosperous, but as one may know; this is not such an easy
Beowulf takes human form, but his abilities and strengths surpass that of a human. When Hrothgar's kingdom fell to the vicious power of a monster named Grendel, Beowulf comes to the aid without hesitation. Everyone before Beowulf who attempted defeat against Grendel never succeeded. Due to Beowulf's superhuman strength during his fight with Grendel, "the horrible shrieks of pain and defeat, the tears torn out of Grendel's taut throat, hell's captive caught him in the arms of him who of all men on earth was the strongest"(361-365). After Beowulf defeats Grendel, he develops a new enemy, Grendel's mother. Grendel's mother embodies a sea creature larger than Beowulf. Amid the fight with Grendel's mother, Beowulf "raised his his arms and seized
He killed three monsters and then he died. Not a very interesting fate, but it is none the less one that I find myself having to write about regardless of whether or not I want to. Thus it was, the mighty Beowulf of old England that went forth to slay the evils which plagued the lands of his own people as well as those of his neighboring tribes. The second battle was one that was brought about by Beowulf’s willingness to go and help an old friend, and thus he nearly lost his life once more. For those not acquainted with the story of Beowulf, he was said to be the strongest man ever to live, and given this he was fated according to their beliefs to accomplish certain things in his life. Some of these things
In the poem, Grendel’s mother was furious that her son had died, and she went for revenge. She had him held when they fought, and held him down with her weight. Beowulf killed Grendel’s mother by striking her across the neck with a sword that no ordinary man could lift. In the movie, Beowulf dreams that Grendel’s mother attacked the mead hall while he is sleeping. Beowulf and Wiglaf then go down top Grendel’s mother’s layer. Grendel’s mother tells Beowulf that she wants a son from him. Instead of Beowulf killing her, he has an affair with her.