In the novel, Beowulf, the main character is the epitome of an epic hero. He has great strength, he is morally sound, and, for the most part, he thinks of others before he thinks of himself. Beowulf comes to the Geats’ aid when an evil monster named Grendel terrorizes their mead hall. He courageously defeats the monster and defeats the monster’s vengeful mother. Through these battles, Beowulf’s strength, humbleness and courageousness is revealed.
Beowulf was always good and he always committed acts of goodness. Even though Beowulf was such a hero, and you usually expect heroes to live happily ever after, he didn’t. His life was ended because of the last battle with the dragon, but his life was ended with a good reason. He was protecting his people, and his people knew that and respected him for it which was a good thing. This was a very interesting book and I am glad I read
This truly exemplary feat is pictured to us when the book says, “[Beowulf] stopped those claws/ In his fists till they cracked, clutched Grendel/ Closer.”(50) In addition Beowulf also swims for hours to find, battle, and kill his enemy that was Grendel’s mother. Here, the hero had to lift a Giant-made-sword off the wall to kill the beast. Any lesser man would surely have been defeated and never seen again. Swinging the sword, Beowulf beheaded both Grendel and his mother, ending them forever. Finally, Beowulf even manages to find courage greater than other men when he faces down a full-blown dragon in his old age in order to save his kingdom.
He is prepared and ready to fight the creature who threatens his new friends army. Ultimately Beowulf defeats Grendel and his name is praised forever in the land of Hrothgar and his people. This fight is clearly not over for Beowulf and his men. The next night an even worse creature emerges and kills a very esteemed member of Hrothgar’s society. Beowulf is disturbed from rest to come help Hrothgar again.
Grendel ran as the second he was free, but that was the end of him bleeding to his death. When Beowulf swam to the bottom of the lake to fight Grendel’s mother, it took him hours to get to the bottom of the lake. Holding your breath for so long is another superior thing for a mortal. That was not the only thing, but when he was fighting Grendel’s mother he saw a sword hammered by giants, it was said that it was blessed by magic. It was the best of all weapons so massive that no ordinary man can lift it.
By killing nine sea monsters during a swimming race, and then slaying the beastly Grendel and his mother, he shows many signs of greatness in his youth. He rises to fame by becoming king of the Geats and winning many battles, not to mention the killing of monsters. His followers stick with him since he was a young man. His suffrage of a betrayal comes in when he is old and goes to kill the dragon that is terrorizing his land. All of his men leave in fear, except for Wigclaf, and he is left to fight the dragon alone.
Another example of his strength is seen when Peter his infant cousin is murdered; when his head is smashed open. This shows that Stephen can control the anger experienced after a close family member is murdered. This also shows that he can handle even the sight of such brutal murder. The last example of his strength is seen when he overcomes the dying room, and leaves alive; a feat of which nobody has ever achieved. This shows that he can accomplish tasks never done before.
I swam In the blackness of night, hunting monsters Out of the ocean, and killing them one By one (153-158) Beowulf proves fearlessness; he can defeat any possible rival that faces him. When stating his past experiences in battle, Beowulf exemplifies how he can take down five enormous giants one by one, even with the darkness of night. Being able to defeat five large giants shows that Beowulf can handle the unruliness, terror, and power of only one savage, Grendel. Along with the quality of fearlessness, a warrior must
For instance, Oedipus became king of Thebes after a long journey and by answering the riddle of the sphinx. Beowulf became known as the greatest warrior of the Geats for his loyalty to his leader and by triumphing over many monsters. Another key similarity between the two is that they are not greater than Gods. This fact is crucial to the stories because it means that they are vulnerable to fate and mere mortals can not overcome fate. And lastly, these two men share many heroic qualities for which they have earned prestige from.
Everyone on the nautilus had many great adventures. For example, the crew of the Nautilus found a giant squid, which took the life of one of the crew members. Ned and Captain Nemo had to cut off its tentacles and put a harpoon through its heart to kill it. The final attempt to escape the Nautilus worked. The Professor, Conceil, and Ned made it onto the dingy but a maelstrom caused the bolts to come loose on the dingy.