Later that night, once everyone is asleep, Grendel enters Herot Hall to kill some of the men, but is instead mortally wounded by Beowulf. Because of Beowulf’s success and bravery, King Hrothgar, ruler of the land, gives him gifts and a feast in his honor. The second main point in the story Beowulf is the death of Grendel’s mother. When Grendel’s mother hears about the death of her son, she becomes angry and vows to avenge her son: “His mother’s sad heart, And her greed, drove her from her den on the dangerous Pathway of revenge.” (Raffel 1276 – 1278). This quote shows that Grendel’s mother most likely cared enough about Grendel that she wants to get revenge on those who killed her son.
Beowulf repaid Grendel with a visit in is cave, where he lay lifeless, and cut off his head. The movie on the other hand is more complex and makes Beowulf seem like a normal person, however a warrior of the finest kind. Grendel is not just a monster; he is a troll whose father was killed by Hrothgar when he was only a child. He was killed because he had crossed paths with the Danes and took a fish. Hrothgar was the only Dane to see the child and decided to spare his life.
Afterward Beowulf kills Grendel’s mother. Finally Beowulf goes back to Geatland where he gets killed by a dragon. “.. [Beowulf] proclaiming that he’d go to that famous king, would sail across the sea to Hrothgar, now when help was needed.”(29,199-201). These series of events are connected to each other because they portray the same idea. These events show that the character changes for the good.
Everyone identifies Beowulf as a hero, a beloved slayer of monsters and a savior. Beowulf was a killer, whether it be to protect people or just out of ignorance, the cold hard facts show he was a killer. Beowulf rips Grendel's arm off and succeeds to fatally wound him. He thinks he is protecting everyone from a monster. Is he killing the beast?
Beowulf feels that it is necessary to kill the dragon, but by taking down his son he also took his life doing it. The Epic, explains that the dragon attempts to attack the geats but has nothing in relation to Beowulf. All the dragon is an enemy that Beowulf has to face to complete his dream of dying a
After the death of the foul beast another creature of the dark was awoken with a desire for revenge; Grendel’s mother was Beowulf's next challenge. When her son died in her home she went the the golden hall and murdered Hrothgar’s best friend, the king wept and asked for Beowulf’s one last time. Beowulf accepted but was not so certain that he would prevail, this did not stop him from facing the next monster. Beowulf went to the beast’s lair where he said his goodbyes and jumped into the action with no reply from his men. The hero was confronted immediately, the battle was hard of Beowulf but by divine intervention our hero was able to survive and triumph using a giant’s sword.
Grendel was mortally wounded by Beowulf and knew he was going to die. After being mortally wounded, Grendel cowardly flees. Beowulf's actions in battle reflects that of a hero as Beowulf was quick to fearlessly attack the monster in order to save the lives of the thanemen. Grendel's actions in battle reflects that of a monster as Grendel wanted to retreat when he knew he was unable to win the fight against the hero.
Later, after Beowulf defeated Grendel, he was faced with the task of defeating Grendel's mother. Grendel's mother went to Hrothgar and began antagonizing the people that lived there because they killed her son and she was very angry. Beowulf went after her to the lake and killed her, even with the disadvantage of being underwater. After Beowulf kills Grendel's mother, he says "if God had not helped me" (Seamus Heaney, Line 1657), which means that he could have possibly not been successful if God had not been there to support him during the battle." Fifty years later, Beowulf reaches success again as a king by defeating a greedy dragon that lived underground and started burning houses because someone went into his lair and took some of his possessions (Seamus Heaney, Line 2220-2334).
Supernatural Strength In Beowulf, by Seamus Heaney, Beowulf’s supernatural strength is important to an epic hero in to keep the balance between good vs evil. To begin with, evil is winning when Grendel attacks the Heorot Hall until Beowulf arrives. “ Grendel was the name of this grim demon/haunting the marches, marauding round the health/and 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” (Heaney 102-107). Grendel is a supernatural creature who wants to be apart of the community, but since he is not able to Grendel becomes upset ,which allows evil to rise. When Beowulf comes he does not use any weapons except for his bare hands.“No weapons,
Grendel was a powerful monster capable of killing dozens of men in a single night and known as a horrible creature, yet its strength completely failed when faced with Beowulf. While other men had been mauled and crushed, Beowulf rather easily ripped an entire arm off of this monster, leaving it to die of its wounds. In the fight with Grendel’s mother, Beowulf was out of his element entirely. He fought at the bottom of a lake, in an ancient hall, against the mother of the previous monster. Grendel’s mother was immune to most sword attacks, but Beowulf managed to subdue her with his bare hands, and then finish her off using a gigantic sword that he found in the hall.