Beowulf's Responsibilities

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Beowulf can be viewed as a hero in many people’s eyes; he can also be prevailed as a monster. Throughout Beowulf’s battle with the three beasts which consist of Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon. He portrays a whole different aura about himself in a negative aspect. Beowulf’s priorities shifted as he gained more and more power; the more power Beowulf had, the more he portrays as a monstrous protagonist. Beowulf’s first fight with Grendel was a heroic moment. This happened when the monster within him started to evolve into a different him. He killed Grendel with his own bare-hands. This made him feel like a strong, and powerful man who could defeat everyone else. Yes, he did kill a beast that avenged a whole town, but that is no reason to cut an arm off as a trophy. This is a disgraceful move because it just shows how conceited Beowulf is. Beowulf liked the attention. He intentionally looked for attention. A true hero does not take all the pride in a heroic act instead a hero should be humble not cocky. A modern audience would consider him a monster because of all the attention he seeks, but a medieval audience considers this heroic because he puts his own life at risk to save everyone. The responsibility Beowulf had for killing Grendel became pushy and too far and taken in a gruesome way. The battle between Beowulf and Grendel’s mother was even more monstrous than the battle between Beowulf and Grendel. Beowulf took a sword to the water cave where Grendel’s mother lived. This sword ‘Hrunting’; an ancient battle-tested sword which is known to be the strongest sword out there. Beowulf took this sword into the battle showing Beowulf had initiatives to kill with this weapon instead of his bare-hands in his first battle. This just signifies how Beowulf just wanted to feed on more power. When Beowulf found her, the battle began. Beowulf did everything he

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