In his final chapters, Beowulf faces the dragon. Through his sense of responsibility for his people, Beowulf puts his life at risk and fights the dragon disregarding his own glory. Early in the story, Gawain is hold accountable and must keep the agreement he made with the Green Knight. Knowing his reputation and his king’s is at risk, Gawain follow through with his word. Again, Macbeth is the only one who doesn’t meet the heroic qualifications, as he fails to have a sense of obligation towards his people and only focuses on his own interest.
/ Nor will I” (Lines 263-265). Beowulf is a very noble hero so he feels it’s fair to not fight an opponent with a weapon when he does not have one to defend. Grendel expresses how evil he was with the soldiers. Long and hard years the kingdom waited “Twelve winters of grief for Hrothgar, king/ Of the Danes, sorrow heaped at his at his door...” (Lines 63-64). He never gives up on hurting the kingdom that he continued to eat, without an opponent he continues to defeat the kingdoms warriors.
When he arrives in Denmark Wulfgar greets him by saying “My lord, the great king of the Danes, commands me to tell you that he knows of your noble birth and that having come bravely and are welcome.” (Beowulf 126). Another example of his chivalrous tendencies is willingness to give his life for another. Beowulf has
"But Beowulf refused to rule when his Lord's own son was alive." "He gave Herdred all his support, offering an open heart where Higlac's young son could see wisdom he still lacked himself: warmth and goodwill were what Beowulf brought his new king." This shows Beowulf's loyalty to Higlac his late King, and to his family. Beowulf would not be dishonorable by taking what wasn't rightfully his; he would rather stand by Higlac's son and teach him all he knows. Beowulf is the hero to his King's son and country, by staying loyal and having honor.
“Then he drew himself up beside his shield./The fabled warrior in his warshirt and helmet/trusted in his own strength entirely/and we went under the crag. No coward path” (Beowulf 2539 - 2541). In this scene of Beowulf, Beowulf is going to kill the dragon in his lair and everyone but one person runs off once they see the dragon. This shows his courageous deeds because even though all of his allies but on left him to die, Beowulf wasn’t leaving until
There 's also the instance where the dragon takes revenge on the town for a servant taking some of his treasure. Then we again see Beowulf take revenge except this time it 's on a dragon for destroying his house. The role of revenge continuously plays a role in the story of Beowulf and when there is no more revenge to take place in this
But he knew the greatest threat came knocking at his door for a fight that will live on being told for eternity. Beowulf sacrificed his own life for those around him, “Quickly, the dragon cam at him, encouraged as Beowulf as Beowulf fell back; its breath fared, and he suffered, wrapped around in swirling flames- a king, before, but now a Beaton warrior” (lines 687-691). In the end Beowulf fought till the end fighting not only for himself but for his people. He fought like a king until his death. Beowulf gave the ultimate sacrifice to save his people.
It is evident from the beginning of the poem that Beowulf is meant to be the hero. He is strong, brave, and courageous but is also boastful and seeks only fame and glory. These characteristics are examples of things that could be related to hyper masculinity and are not necessarily desired in a hero today. In the quote “They have seen my strength for themselves, Have watched me rise from the darkness of war, Dripping with my enemies' blood. I drove Five great giants into chains, chased All of that race from the earth.
In this story, the mighty warrior Sigemund slayes a ferocious dragon, just like Beowulf would in the final act of the poem. From the start of the poem, the reader is told about Shield Sheafson, an orphan child that eventually became one of the first famed Kings of the Danes. It explained how this king became great through conquering challenges and eventually dying like a royal king, just like Beowulf had at the end of the final act, then being buried under a large monument and having the riches of the hoard that the dragon defended being buried with him. These acts of foreshadowing told throughout the poem predict the death of Beowulf; however, one question remains: How does his death affect the poem in its entirety? With Beowulf dead, he leaves his homeland defenseless, with the only real royal blood with the potential to lead the Geats being Wiglaf, but with the fear of Beowulf not being instilled within the enemies of the Geats, Beowulf’s kingdom would likely have
He ran, hoping his wounded King, weak and dying, had not left the world too soon.” Once Wiglaf had returned, from his fast and exhausting journey to collect one of the last wishes of the King, he was made a King himself. Beowulf saw and felt his heart through the shield, and under all the armor. Wiglaf was the only man who kept his promise and loyalty to the King. Therefore, Beowulf made sure that the next line, army, and Geats would be as warm-hearted, courageous, and strong as he. Beowulf gave the new King his old golden shield, armor, jewelry, and everlasting gratitude.