Although Beowulf brought along his mighty warriors he persisted that they stay and watch him defeat the monster named “Grendel’’ all alone. Beowulf’s exact words were ‘’Alone shall fight for me, struggle for the life against the monster’’ (Beers 173-174). For proof of his accomplishment Beowulf decided to take,snap, and brake Grendel 's arm apart even his shoulder was missing. Although Grendel escaped going back to the hole he crawled from death soon followed him. (Beers 370-375).Beowulf became famous and was given glory for saving King Hrothgar’s kingdom, but some still questioned despite the arm if Grendel had really been killed.Following after Grendel’s death ,his mother came to avenge her son’s death.
An example of them fighting differently is when Beowulf kills Grendel with no armor or weapon. When Gilgamesh battles Humbaba he uses an axe to end his life. While Beowulf uses brute strength, Gilgamesh takes a more cautious approach. I do think that both men are brave for fighting such horrible monsters. When killing the monsters Beowulf and Gilgamesh have two very different reasons.
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.
Which gives the readers general idea about the story is leading to conflict. As he killed those men he is “delighted with his night’s slaughter”(40-41). Grendel, had killed Danish people to fulfill a blood lust and a deep hatred because in his situation he was alone. However, Beowulf had to lead his geats to fight with Grendel in cruel way, they were ready to take blood for blood. Grendel’s first action had lead the poem to the most important part of the story which is the
The fight was hilarious rather than glorious. Arthur easily cut the Black Knight’s limbs for his body one by one. As Arthur continued to dismember the Black Knight he still argued with Arthur that he would win while denying his injury altogether. He shouted phrases such as “Tis but a scratch”, “The Black Knight always triumphs”, and “I am invincible” despite being easily defeated (Jones). This is quite unique because many other renditions of the character showcased him as a noble warrior.
This quality of boastfulness expresses Beowulf’s thoughts on heroism. He only did heroic deeds for his desire. Beowulf declares that he “drove five great giants into chains, [and] chased all of that race from the Earth.” He is immensely overbearing at that point because he is too proud of his achievements. Being excessively prideful does not exactly label Beowulf as a hero. Beowulf assumes all of the courageous acts he fulfills will make him
Beowulf is a true hero showing no fear and selflessly volunteering himself to fight Grendel for killing men in Herot with his, “Hell-forged hands,” and accomplished victory, “A prince of the Geats, had killed Grendel. Ended the grief, the sorrow, the suffering forced on helpless people by a bloodthirsty fiend. No Dance doubted the Victory,” (404-408). Continuously, Beowulf puts himself into more danger, risking his life. Struggling he fights Grendel’s mother for killing Aeschere, “Angry; the steel-edged blade lay where he 'd dropped it.
During both conflicts, Sauron’s army causes major casualties to the armies of men. Grendel, although powerful, causes destruction on a significantly smaller scale. Grendel has proficient fighting abilities and great strength as he manages to easily tear Hondscio apart limb by limb. However, he is easily subdued and defeated by Beowulf. Since
During the fight with Grendel, it appeared as if Beowulf was losing. A good quantity of his men were getting slaughtered, and Grendel seemed to be invulnerable. However, Beowulf did not give up. Not giving up takes courage, especially when fighting an enormous monster from Hell who is eating your people alive. Beowulf is full of audacity and determination, and that’s what differs him from typical
Grendel in the novel displays the idea that he is far more superior than mankind. He mentions, "I am swollen with excitement, bloodlust and joy and a strange fear that mingle in my chest like the twisting rage of a bonfire" (Gardner 167-168). Grendel knows that that the people fear him because he is different and he uses that to his advantage. The "Monster", Grendel, seems to be fascinated in attacking Meadhall and is not frightened at all. Although he is brave in the novel, Grendel in the epic poem is described in being scared and weak on the attack at Meadhall.