Shocked and rejuvenated, Angelos charged up to the dragon and fed his blade to the dragon’s flesh. Diavolos let out a painful screech, and lay still. With the lives of millions engraved in his sword, Angelos sunk his sword into the head of the dragon, knowing that the painful days of many Grecians had come to an end. As a souvenir, Angelos chopped off the beast’s head, and returned back to the Kingdom of Athens, with cheers ringing throughout the hills and valleys of the land. As Angelos returned to Sparta, he knew that everyone he had proved wrong were now cheering them on, and he bathed in their excitement.
The final part of this ultimate test was to slay Badrang. After seeing Badrang escape, Martin chased after him and engaged in combat. After a few sword strokes, Martin heroically defeated Badrang and ended his rule once and for all by slaying him. Martin the Mouse, despite only being a young warrior, shows many signs of being a hero. He has many important qualities drilled into him during his strange birth and childhood, he demonstrates his great ability in his many trails during his quest, and he completed his revenge against his former master by slaying him and destroying his castle.
Fifty years ahead and now King Beowulf faced a task of killing a dragon. He would “[fight] with fate against him” (724) seeing as his “the ancient blade broke” (727) while striking the dragon’s side. The beloved king would eventually die with “None of his comrades\Came to help him” (745-746) and his “Followers… ran for their lives…” (745-748). King Arthur’s story is also an epic poem which speaks about an honorable leader who will do anything to defend his people. Arthur went off to battle, with his comrades at his side the whole time and is able to defeat his foe, but doing so left him fatally injured, until he is eventually killed.
Beowulf was seen as a great warrior, who fought until his death. In his first battle Beowulf triumphs over a monster, Grendal who has been terrorizing the people of King Hrothgar. In the second battle, Beowulf faces off with Grendal’s mother, coming out the victor once again. In the final battle, we see Beowulf meet his end, when he fights to the death with the dragon. Each battle is a representation of good vs. evil.
Fifty years into the future Beowulf is faced with a horrendous dragon and gets into an epic battle with it. Beowulf slays the dragon but pays for his victory with his own life from a life threatening injury caused by the battle. He is then buried gracefully. Beowulf displays a hero that has to fight for his right of reputation and glory. It displays cultural ties between these early Anglo-Saxon periods; when glory in battle was of the up-most respect.
Beowulf eventually becomes king and dies defending his people from a fire dragon. Beowulf accomplishes his hero cycle through heroic deeds, encounter with numinous phenomenon, and his death, proving he is an ideal hero. To begin, Beowulf starts off the hero cycle strong by performing heroic deeds leading up to his challenge. He says, “A monster seized me, drew me swiftly toward the bottom, swimming with its claws tight in my flesh, but fate let me find its heart with my sword, hack myself free; I fought that beast’s last battle, left it floating lifeless in the sea” (Beowulf 273-278). Once in a swimming race Beowulf had been attacked by a sea monster and had to save himself.
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.
Beowulf responds reassuringly, telling of how he had killed nine sea monsters and had swum faster than Brecca did from the beginning. Had a flood not swept him away, or the monsters distracted him, it would have been Beowulf who was to meet victory. Beowulf, by the end of the seventh segment, has shown confidence in his abilities to destroy Grendel, and everyone is positively convinced (besides Unferth) of his combat abilities-- a heavenly blessing from God. When the time has come for Beowulf and Grendel to battle, the author truly conveys Beowulf as the archetypal hero
49). He swam into the darkness of night hunting monsters out of the ocean, and killing them one by one. Do to Beowolf’s greatness people weren’t afraid. The older he got the weaker he became. However, a fire breathing dragon that was guarding the treasure for hundreds of years was disturbed.
This paper will tell examples and reasoning of why Beowulf is all of these things. An epic hero is one that stands out among all the rest. Even after hearing many stories of Grendel’s wrath, he still planned to fight the best without any hesitation. The reader would believe this is an example of a very brave fighter. Beowulf shows his abilities and proves brave enough as he resolves to kill the “lady monster”, (excerpt page 40).