He ripped one apart and consumed his meat and blood. When he grasped Beowulf, he perceived the warrior’s strength and was immediately filled with fear. Grendel wanted to flee, but Beowulf grasped him. These two battled in the hall and in his struggle for freedom, gender lost his arm. Grendel escapes, only to die in his cave, and his arm to be hung in the hall.
The tales differ because of exaggeration and lack of presence in some events by the Geat. The story narrates of Grendel’s unquenchable desire to slaughter in his lust for evil. It speaks of the fear caused by him and how Herot’s population fell as people were killed or fled from the village. Herot was deserted for 12 years, yet Grendel never attacked Hrothgar, only his men. It was then that Beowulf came to defeat this evil.
Beowulf does countless acts of selfless deeds, even for those who are not of the Geat clan. Wiglaf comes to Beowulf’s aid when nobody else does while battling the dragon. A good vs evil is when Beowulf comes to slay Grendel because “For twelve winters, seasons of woe, the lord of Shieldings suffered under,” (Beowulf 13) Grendel’s brutal attacks. Grendel kills the Danes in Heorot, in king Hrothgar’s hall, for twelve years. Beowulf comes to Heorot without even being asked or requested when he hears of Grendel’s attacks on the hall.
The King says, bragging about Beowulf, “Nor have I seen/my mightier man-at-arms on this earth/ then the one standing: unless I am mistaken,/he is truly noble. This is no mere/ anger-on in a hero’s armor” (247-51). People really do believe in Beowulf and how he presents his faithfulness so everyone. Beowulf will not give up until the job is done and the people who need protecting are protected and safe. “Inside Heorot/ there was nothing but friendship…/not yet familiar with feud and betrayal” (1016-8).
This angers Grendel so he rampages in Herot Hall killing Danes. Later Beowulf comes to kill Grendel. Beowulf returns to Geatland. Fifty years later he fights a dragon. Sacrifice can benefit the greater good.” For example, Beowulf is willing to give his life for Hrothgar’s kingdom.
The passage also clearly states that he has talons, ready to strike Beow in the final confrontation. The Geat uses only his bare hands throughout the entire struggle. Beow, though heavily built, has the added advantage of being agile and captures Grendel’s arm in a fearsome grip. The captain of evil finds himself in an arm lock from which he cannot escape, and he finally learns the meaning of fear. It is a crucial fact in the story that Beow fends off this horridly malformed creature without the aid of any weapons.
Although glorified Beowulf seemed to have a ultimate longing for supreme glorification as seen through his three valiant battles. The first encounter Beowulf came across was Grendel, a beast “conceived by a pair of those monsters born / of Cain”(6). Grendel savagely comes in the dark to raid Heorot, the mead-hall where all the warriors repose for the night. Once the horrid stories of Grendel reach Beowulf he sets
This was a tough battle. Beowulf found a sword on the wall and took it and struck her in the neck cutting deeply and killing her. “Then he saw, hanging on the wall, a heavy sword.” “And desperate, lifted it high over his head and struck with all the strength he had left, caught her in the neck and cut it through, broke bones and all (page 72 chapter 23).” When Beowulf returns to the hall he presents Grendel’s had and the hilt to the sword that he used to kill Grendel’s mother. Hrothgar then again praises Beowulf for his braveness and his willingness to stand up for his people. Those were some significant moments in the mead hall.
Not only were the characters in Beowulf powerful, but they all had their own sources of motivation that encouraged them to use it. “Grendel was the name of this grim demon, haunting the marches, marauding round the heath and the desolate fens; he had dwelt for a time in misery among the banished monsters, Cain's clan, whom the Creator had outlawed and condemned as outcasts(line 102- 107). Grendel is considered an outcast, even though he did
The crowd is overjoyed by Beowulf’s confidence in defeating Grendel. Beowulf helps Grendel defeat himself when Grendel pulled off his own arm in the midst of cowardly running away. Even though Beowulf was able to capture and show off Grendel’s arm as a symbol of his bravery, he was still disappointed that he “did not hold [his] deadly enemy firm enough” so that he could not get away and provide Hrothgar Grendel’s