Beowulf Hero Quest Analysis

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Beowulf is an Anglo-saxon story that would have been sung around a fire with the purpose of teaching morals and traits to the listeners. There were three separate parts to the story: the fight and defeat of Grendel, the attack and defeat of Grendel’s mother, and the fight with the dragon which resulted in the death of Beowulf. Each part of the story was added by a different author-thus making each part of the story subject to being analyzed for containing the aspects of the archetypal “Hero Quest”. In each part of the story of Beowulf, Beowulf sets out to defeat a monster, either for glory or revenge, he defeats the great beast largely without any help from the companions he brings along with him, and after the defeat of the monster, Beowulf…show more content…
As luck would have it, when Grendel’s mother attacked Herot, Beowulf was given different sleeping quarters so he was away from the hall and was not able to help defend from the attack. In her rampage, Grendel’s mother killed one of Hrothgar’s most trusted advisors, Aeschere, taking his body and leaving his head at the entrance to her lake home. Beowulf told Hrothgar not to bother mourning, revenge was a much better relief. So he set out with his band of warriors along with Hrothgar and his men to find the beast and slay her. They found her home at the bottom of a lake and Unferth gave Beowulf his sword to fight the monster to repent for accusing Beowulf of being a fraud. Beowulf spent half a day diving to the bottom of the lake, in full armor and armed with weapons because he felt that she was a far greater threat than Grendel, and found Grendel’s mother at the bottom of the lake. When Beowulf reached the bottom of the lake and began the battle with Grendel's mother, the sword that Unferth gave him failed and he would have died if not for the chail mail gifted to him by Hrothgar. Beowulf then found a sword that he used to slay the monster and cut off Grendel’s head from his dead body. All of the hall men thought that…show more content…
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
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