The dragon melted sword. With the help of his good friend, he defeated the dragon. After fighting with the dragon, Beowolf died, do to windiness. Beowolf died for his people. The Iliad is also another great epic story about a hero that fought his people.
His first battle took place with Grendel, an evil swamp-like demon who is terrorizing the town’s people inside King Hrothgar’s Mead Hall. The second battle involves Grendal’s mother who is seeking revenge at Beowulf for executing her son in the first battle. The last fight includes The Dragon, who is seeking revenge at the town’s people for a theft that took place inside the treasure hideout that The Dragon guards. There are obvious differences throughout the epic poem, for example, the fact that each battle is with a different beast. However, there are also similarities between these 3 fights.
Textual Analysis: Beowulf Attacks the Dragon “I risked my life often when I was young. Now I am old, but as king of the people I shall pursue this fight for the glory of winning, if the evil one will only abandon his earth-fort and face me in the open.” Beowulf was a great king and an even better man. He led when no other could, and he fought when no other would. He had displayed an unmatchable courage as he fought and defeated Grendel as well as Grendel’s mother. Along with these defeats as well as being king for now fifty years, there was not much more notoriety and respect that Beowulf could gain.
Priam mourns only for his eldest son, Hector which makes him set on a journey not as a King but as a father and to “ransom” his son’s body. Achilles, “the great Greek warrior” is half mortal and half god feels up with rage when his “companion”, Patroclus is killed by his nemesis, Hector, “the great Trojan warrior”. This makes Achilles furious and is transformed into a “man obeying the needs of some darker agency”. Challenges him to a battle and kills him. Taking Hector’s life didn’t give Achilles satisfaction hence he ties his corpse to the chariot and desecrates his body for eleven days.
Paul joined the army directly after high school and never really experienced life. Due to his inexperience and lack of knowledge of the world, the war becomes Paul’s life and in the end, his destruction. I think there were three turning points in Paul’s experience of the war which changed his perspective - when he kills a French soldier in close combat, when he returns home, and when the war appears to be lost and coming to an end. Paul is an experienced fighter whose bullets have killed many people but he has never thought philosophically about that fact. He is fighting for a cause he doesn’t really understand but yet he continues to kill and see his friends die.
When Beowulf traveled into the dragon’s lair to fight the beast he took a group of soldiers with him who he thought would be helpful. When the fight between Beowulf and the dragon turned bad all of the warriors except a young soldier by the name of Wiglaf left him to die. Even though Wiglaf was scared he stayed loyal to his king until the very end. Wiglaf showed his loyalty when he said, “I remember how we sat in the mead-hall, drinking and boasting of how brave we’d be when Beowulf needed us, he who gave us these swords and armor: all of us swore to repay him, when the time came, kindness
Achilles V.S. Odysseus Achilles represents skills and the greatest of courage. The only thing that stops him from becoming the best and the perfect warrior or hero is his crazy, sometimes uncontrollable anger that he has. In the movie Troy Achilles shows his skills off by effortlessly killing every man that stands in his way with a sword or knife. The thought was Achilles could not be killed.
The Victim and the Beast The Legendary Epic, “Beowulf” and the novel, “from Grendel” are very different in many ways. Beowulf tells the story of a legendary hero, and how he slays the evil monster Grendel. Grendel causes much death, destruction and grief, with his blood-thirsty rampages on the town of Herot and needs to be killed. The battle between Grendel and Beowulf represent the battle of good versus evil. Upon Grendels defeat, Beowulf is looked upon as a great hero.
The battle with Grendel was very important, Beowulf was helping all of his people because Grendel was killing all the citizens. The battle between Beowulf and grendel was intense and crucial. “Grendel saw that his strength was deserting him, his claws bound fast, Higlac's brave follower teaching at his hands. The monsters hatred rose higher, but his power had gone. He twisted in pain, and the bleeding sinews deep in his shoulder snapped, muscle and bone split and broke, The battle was over, Beowulf had been granted new glory.”(“Beowulf” 54, ll.370-379).
They seek glory on the battlefield, to die a hero, to be honored in death by their people yet they were depicted as very different men who had come to a time in their lives where their ultimate reasons for the war were very different. Achilles was considered the warrior-champion of the Achaeans and came to live his life by violence, defending his people and defeating and or attacking his enemies. He was not a family man instead he is portrayed as a man fighting for his own self-satisfaction. When Agamemnon, also a warrior chieftain, shamed Achilles by claiming Briseis, Achilles war prize he is humiliated and his anger brews and he tells Agamemnon “Far better to head home with my curved ships than stay here, unhonored myself and piling up a fortune for you.” (111) and with that he leaves to back to Phthia. He had decided to kill Agamemnon but Athena came to him, sent by Hera, and told him to get his anger under control.