Each battle is a representation of good vs. evil. He fights Grendal who is a hideously gruesome monster that would feed on the people of Denmark. He battles Grendal’s mother who kills the king’s closest friend for revenge, and the dragon was guarding a treasure and would kill any man who dared to pass. Another example of how the battles are similar is that Beowulf cannot kill his enemies with normal weapons. In the fight with Grendal, his men’s swords could not penetrate Grendal’s skin.
He both consumed and attacked people while they slept. Many men had attempted to kill Grendel, however, before Beowulf, no man could prevail. "...so Grendel ruled, fought with the righteous, One against many and won..."(Beowulf line 81,82).Despite being faced with the certainty of his own demise, Beowulf still insist attacking Grendel, and defeating him. Beowulf kills Grendel in a most unusual way. In this violent scene, rather than attacking him with a sword like every other Geat, he grabs onto Grendel’s arm and squeezes until the torture is unbearable.
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).
However, a fire breathing dragon that was guarding the treasure for hundreds of years was disturbed. The dragon began to terrorize Beowolf’s Kingdom. The elderly Beowolf needed to be there for his people. The exhausting fight against the dragon, made him realize that he wasn’t as strong as he used to be. The dragon melted sword.
Beowulf himself serves as the fierce warrior. The way of the warrior is to gain respect from fellow countrymen and The story of Beowulf vividly portrays the forces of evil in the world. The theme of evil in the world is especially evident in the description of Grendel, the monster. Grendel is said to be a savage beast, who returns with "blood dripping behind him, back / To his lair, delighted with his night's slaughter (lines 39-40). Grendel terrorizes the people of the land, ripping men apart with his brute strength.
Throughout the entire poem Beowulf sustains these qualities with every monstrous encounter he faces. From the very beginning he triumphs over Grendel using merely his bare hands, then chops off the head of Grendel’s revenged seeking mother, and lastly battles the lethal dragon in his elder days, ultimately resulting in his death. On his way out to face the dragon Beowulf says to another soldier, “This fight is not yours, nor is it up to any man except me… I shall win the gold by my courage, or else mortal combat, doom of battle, will bear your lord away” (“Beowulf,” in The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. I, 8th ed. Ed.
The first battle takes place in the Herot because of the monster Grendel has been coming to the mead hall at night, terrorizing and eating many of the soldiers that sleep there. The fight with Grendel shows Beowulf’s strength. Everyone that had tried to kill Grendel always wore armor and used weapons, but Beowulf said that he would not use weapons. He says "When it comes to fighting, I count myself as dangerous any day as Grendel." Which is basically saying that he can easily defeat Grendel and is just as strong and dangerous.
Despite of the tragedy Odysseus remains to keep his moral high and hatches up a plan to deceive Polyphemus. “There bowls I brought him, I brought him and poured them down. I saw the fuddle and flush come over him…” (9.355-365). His men are brutally killed and gorged on by this monster; nevertheless, Odysseus is still able to face his fear, exemplifying bravery. Proceeding on the plan Odysseus and his men drive a spear through the Cyclops’s eye.
He even goes into the underworld to speak to a prophet about how to get back to Ithaca. Being brave and courageous is all about being willing and able to go to the extremes to help or possibly save people or even a place in need. As well as having courage and bravery, Odysseus is also a strong warrior and leader. Living as king of Ithaca, he leads his fleet of warriors across Poseidon’s sea into a great battle against the Trojans. It is here where Odysseus and his fleet of warriors defeated the Trojans because of his great leadership.
My lord Higlac might think less of me if I let my sword go where my feet were afraid to, if I hid behind some broad linden shield: My hands alone shall fight for me, struggle for life against the monster.” In this quote Beowulf is trying to convince the King of the Danes to let him defeat the monster Grendel. He tells him how he has defeated many other monsters and how he could