Wait for me close by, my friends“ (2530). Because of the intensity of this fight, he is lacking in the confidence category and uses actual weapons. Shockingly enough Beowulf doesn’t endure this fight alone, he chooses Wiglaf to defeat the dragon with him. Beowulf is seriously injured during this fight and ends up dying which concludes in his title as an epic hero. All in all, Beowulf’s transition starts as if a baby starts the stages of walking.
Even in his old age, Beowulf refuses to let others fight his battle. He charged head on into the dragon and came out a hero; although he pays a great price for it. Throughout his life, Beowulf demonstrates his trait of self-sacrifice by fighting monsters. Beowulf is considered a hero for many reasons. He’s very courageous because he fights things that others wouldn’t even dream of.
Beowulf, however, may not fight for the feeling of love. Beowulf fights for justice, justice, the people of the land have been waiting for. Beowulf, “the mighty protector of man” (313) claims justice after he kills not only Grendel but his mother and the fearless dragon as well. Obviously every hero fights to the death, as well as Dumbledoore. Just as Dumbledoore fights to the death as in the book series of Harry Potter.
The characteristics of superhuman strength and courage are seen throughout the story of Beowulf and define why he is an epic hero. Beowulf gets these characteristics because the people want to show that only Beowulf could be the only one to defeat Grendel because everyone else who tried failed and got killed. Beowulf is an epic hero because he performs brave deeds. We can see this in the scene after he fights Grendel. Even though that is all that he planned on doing he stayed and went to go find Grendel’s mother and kill her since she was in distraught of her only son dying, and she took Hrothgar’s friend.
He does not lie or manipulate to achieve fame; he uses what is rightfully his, his bravery. Beowulf's bravery carries the story. In all those regards, I believe Beowulf represents the epic heroism. On the other hand, the honor of Sir Gawain is his best value, though he suffered a setback. His honor is the catalyst for what happens
“And for the first time in his life that famous prince fought with fate against him, with glory denied him. He knew it, but he raised his sword and struck at the dragon’s scaly hide” (l. 885 - 888). Even with fate against him, Beowulf knows that he needs to kill the dragon in order to save his people. When his men see the dragon, however, all but one run away in fear. Beowulf and Wiglaf need to fight the dragon by themselves, although they know they will most likely die.
What is an epic hero? An epic hero sacrifices life and limb to safeguard what matters to them most. Also, an epic hero is a strong and responsible leader that others may look up to. Someone that is always there to serve, protect, and advise for the greater well-being of everyone. Beowulf is an epic hero that risks it all for the people that he serves and that look up to him.
He fights valiantly and nearly kills the dragon himself. But, before he puts the final blow into the dragon, Wiglaf hesitates, and lets Beowulf take the final blow in slaying the dragon. Wiglaf displayed were his loyalties lied, and how important Beowulf was to him. Likewise, Comitatous is also displayed by battle two. At the end of the battle two verse Grendel’s mother, Beowulf’s soldiers wait out side the river for their hero to return.
He was at a point where his challenge was not the actual battle but recognizing that it was the end, “; what was is no more.” (167, line 2458); Beowulf was faced with human challenges as to challenges of a warrior which makes me feel like the whole battle was a battle within himself. The dragon was his morality and human instinct, and presenting more challenge than any battle has before because it wasn’t as simple as victory or defeat. The battle was like an overview of all Beowulf has done and will now no longer do, it was testing to see his pride and grace in the action of falling, as a human not a warrior. This battle showed the ladder effect of how in each battle Beowulf became a little more human like, until he completely strayed away from his warrior like ways emotionally. This battle made the epic have more personal attachments to the reader in a sense that when in great success it is if we as humans are invincible but when faced with failure our
Beowulf went off to fight this dragon all my his self with just a sword and a shield. In the end he defeated the dragon but also lost his life. The defeat shows the great strength that Beowulf has even as an old man. This also goes back to the quality of being brave. He shows braveness in this fight because he tells everyone that this is his fight and no one else should help him, which no one did.