Briana Period 5 Beowulf Essay The Great and Mighty Beowulf sailed his way to Hrothgar’s kingdom to help fight off vengeful beast terrorizing his kingdom, little did he know of the adventures ahead of him. Each battle he fought glorified his strength and being. For Beowulf opening up one door always meant a new quest. From dragons to sea witches Beowulf’s fought for the greater good of his people. Through out his battles the great and mighty Beowulf not only grew physically, but at mind as well.
While reading, there were many Christian values in the poem. A good example is when Beowulf is telling Hrothgar about his triumphs: “God must decide who will be given death’s / cold grips” (253-254). There was a lot of Christian influence throughout the poem, for instance when Grendel is fighting Beowulf in Herot: “Grendel now knew what it meant to feud with the Almighty God” (369-370). The quote above compares Beowulf’s strength to God which is a metaphor. The last example of a Christian belief in Beowulf I found was when Beowulf was fighting Grendel’s mother
Because of these strings of emotions, the monstrosity that can be associated with this woman can be lightly disregarded. She was a mother seeking justice for the son that was murdered is dishonored. Throughout his battles, Beowulf has done super human deeds. Some examples include his super human strength (273-275), his ability to survive sinking under water for hours (452), and finally battling against a fire-breathing dragon and winning. He has felt pain.
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
Soon after the battle begins however, Beowulf quickly realizes that he cannot defeat the might of the great dragon. Gravely wounded, Beowulf appears to have no way to win until one of his faithful followers, named Wiglaf, rushes to his aid. With the help of Wiglaf, Beowulf finally slays the dragon despite his mortal wound. Beowulf gracefully gives his tremendous kingdom to Wiglaf to rule, before he passes
Teiresias warns Kreon of the consequences of his actions, sadly Kreon does not realize that everything Teiresias says comes true and now he cannot stop it from happening. The supernatural aids of both stories both warn the heroes of fates that could befall upon them. Sigurd gets a magical horse from Odin and also, a sword from both Odin and Reign who made his sword. Sigurd has to go and fight the dragon Fafnir and Kreon is told that his decisions will cause him great misfortune. Heroes need their supernatural aids, in fact they should feel lucky to have them, but the heroes themselves always counter act the blessing of a supernatural
The anti-trinity In the epic of Beowulf, Grendel is presented as a coward, a monster, and an insensitive character. According to the story, Grendel was referred to as "spawned in that slime,” a biblical allusion to the story of Cain and Abel. Grendel was born as a monster into exile; his life was cursed because he was a distant offspring of Cain. According to the Bible, all of Cain’s decedents were punished by God because of Cain’s sin. Despite Grendel’s evil motives, he is determined to be the best and overcome any obstacle that interferes in his way.
“He drew to his fist the cruel head of an arrow for Antinous- Odysseus’s arrow hit him under the chin and punched up to the feathers through his throat.” (Homer, 22. 234-247). Odysseus endured all of this with the hope that someday he would again be with his family. Being only human, Odysseus' bravery was tested to the
Beowulf did not face all the monsters alone, for he had men who followed him and helped him face most of the monsters. Beowulf had one last monster to defeat and it demanded the assistance of his men due to his older age. Beowulf and his men went to confront a vehement dragon who needed to perish. “No help or backing was to be had then from his high-born comrades; that hand-picked troop broke ranks and ran for their lives...”(746-749) Beowulf’s men betrayed him and left him to fend for him self, just as Christ’s disciples abandoned him. Only one Beowulf’s men stayed which was Wigalf.
In the story Beowulf, there was a soldier named Beowulf, when he was about to go to the tower to fight the dragon. He told the soldiers who followed him,” I need no hot words. Wait for me close by, my friend. We shall see, soon, who will survive this bloody battle, stand when the fighting is done”. Then he head off into the tower, as the end was coming to the fight and the dragon was winning, and be was being killing with the dragons hot breath, none came to help him.