Textual Analysis: Beowulf Attacks the Dragon

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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. However, he would have to defend and protect his people one more time. Only this time, he was attacking a dragon. Regardless of the foe, I assume that a dragon would not be easily intimidated if at all. Nonetheless Beowulf was faced with this trial. It all started when a slave stole a cup from a fire-breathing dragon's treasure. After the dragon realizes that his treasure has been stolen, he goes on a rampage trying to find. Beowulf finds out about this rampage when the dragon destroys some mead-halls. However, Beowulf is not a young man anymore. He is now older and has the duty, as king, of protecting his people. So, he sets out to find the dragon and kill it. The passage “BEOWULF ATTACKS THE DRAGON” begins with Beowulf and his men standing outside the cave talking. He mentions that he would rather fight with dragon with no weapons at all like he did with Grendel. However, since he is now much older, he is incapable of doing so. Before departing from his men, Beowulf says, “This fight is not yours…I shall win the gold by my courage” (2532-2536) this statement displays the warrior character of Beowulf. He is a man that is capable of great things because he has the courage to take risks that most men would not dare to even consider. Not only does this signify the

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