It becomes known that Beowulf intends on defeating Grendel alone. Others become greatly concerned with the pride that Beowulf holds and fear that it will soon catch up to him. Beowulf’s fight with Grendel, in Herot, is where Beowulf’s battle prowess is first exhibited. The battle with the monster results in the heightened effects of Beowulf’s pride and his vision of himself as a warrior. After killing Grendel, Beowulf’s men describe him as “the mighty protector of men” and “Edgetho’s brave son.” Since Beowulf defeated a monster that no other man could kill, Beowulf is immediately heralded as a hero.
It is a crucial fact in the story that Beow fends off this horridly malformed creature without the aid of any weapons. The omniscient narrator tells us that Grendel has the ability to curse the iron around and about him, more specifically, the ruination of any arms that Hygelac’s kinsman carried. Yet the men’s swords and weapons sang as they attempt to aid their leader. Grendel bellows an eerie cry, signifying that the end of the battle was near as he was unable to free himself. The tearing of his arm is described vividly; “…a tremendous wound appeared on his shoulder.
Age has gotten the best of him, but nevertheless he wants to fight. Finally, he gives his last formal boast in the mead hall saying, “In boyhood I braved bitter clashes; still in old age I would seek out strife and gain glory guarding my folk if the man-bane comes from his cave to meet me” (3. 2212-2215). Rash and unflinching, he leaves to go and conquer the dragon. When he leaves he takes weapons, but they cannot save him.
Bilbo is just a little hobbit and even says it himself. Because of this many people don’t expect much from him. Despite this, Bilbo shows great character development, bravery, and strength. One of the more prominent times that Bilbo shows newfound strength and bravery is when, on page 156, he fights off a giant spider himself. “Somehow the killing of the giant spider, all alone by himself in the dark without the help of the wizard or the dwarves or of anyone else, mad a great difference to Mr Baggins.
Beowulf often bragged about his conquests which included “five beasts, raiding a troll-nest, and in the night-sea slaughtering nine sea-brutes” (50). Throughout his life he killed many evil monsters, including Grendel, Grendel’s mother, nine sea monsters, and a dragon. Obviously, Beowulf was a brave and courageous character, but one questionable quality was inflated confidence. He was rarely challenged by others due to his victorious reputation, but when he was, Beowulf made sure the challenger felt the full weight of public correction. When Unferth approached Beowulf and announced that he lost a swimming contest to Breca, Beowulf immediately defended himself and told Unferth what actually happened.
Throughout his life, Beowulf fights and slays great monsters: Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon. After each quest he is honored and gifted with enough riches to feed a kingdom for years but he continues on his adventures for the honor and glory he gains from each quest. Whether he started out for honor and glory or for revenge, the end always resulted in his multiplying of honor. In the end, Beowulf’s last wishes were not honored fully but he had a grand funeral and was given a dragon’s hoard to send him into the
In fact, it is mentioned that the minstrel tells tales of Beowulf’s glory before the tale of Sigmund. In the fight with Grendel, Beowulf is so confident in his marvelous abilities and superior strength that he foregoes any armor or weapons at all. He rips off the arm of the monster, leaving it to run to its marsh and die. All of this he manages with no weapon at all, as compared to Sigmund’s reliance on a magical sword. In the fight with Grendel’s mother, as well, it is not Beowulf’s strength that fails him, but rather the sword that he took with him that did not hold true.
For Riddick to say this is a crack in the hard and un moving man that is described as a monster that feels nothing and cant be killed. As the movie comes to a close, Riddick Is faced with a choice fight or flight. He had the option to run and hide on some far off planet but, he choses to save his friend and stop the main villains. This is why I think Riddick is a hero. However, in most scenes in the movie he has proven that he is not a hero.
The death of Grendel sets off another monster that might be weaker but is driven by revenge and has nothing to lose. Grendel 's mother has “ ...taken up the feud because of last night, when you killed Grendel… and now this powerful other one arrives, this force for evil driven to avenge her kinsman 's death” (1333-1344). She attempts to avenge her son 's death and steps in as the new villain, and dies. The dragon comes as one final challenge to bring closure to the life of an old man. The poet says “Yet the prince of the rings was too proud to line up with a large army against the sky-plague.
Victor, on the other hand, knowingly created the monster, and knew the challenges that came with the deed. Instead of teaching the monster the way of the world, he ran away like a coward because of the monster’s wretched appearance. “And what was I? Of my creation and creator I was absolutely ignorant, but I knew that I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property” (Shelley 100). The monster was brought into the world with a blank slate only to be thrown out to the wolves with nothing.