'Dynamic Character In The Poem Beowulf'

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A dynamic character is a person who experiences an inner change over the course of a plot. The poem, Beowulf, greatly displays the meaning of a dynamic character, through the character named Beowulf. Beowulf starts out as a young and conceited hero who defeats the monster, Grendel with his bare hands, but as he ages, he becomes more cautious, and protective over the Danes. Beowulf starts relying more on weapons to fight for the Danes, the people grows to love and care for. Over the course of the poem, Beowulf undergoes major changes in his character. Each of the monsters, such as Grendel, Grendel’s Mother, and the dragon, symbolizes a new transition and development in Beowulf's character.
Beowulf is first introduced in the story as the hero who comes to save the Danes against Grendel, the monster who is terrorizing Denmark. "Beowulf, the hero of this epic, hears of Grendel's deeds and vows revenge. He has ship built to carry him and his followers to Hrothgar's aid (Beowulf 29). " This quote demonstrates how Beowulf puts himself on the line to rescue the Danes, which displays his heroic and generous character as a whole. His desire for glory and immortality inspires him to sacrifice his life. Although this heroic act is compassionate and kind, it is also gives Beowulf the opportunity to achieve glory, and to start his legacy, as …show more content…

For the first time ever, Beowulf needs assistance in battle. He is King, which means that his responsibility toward his people has become much greater. He must ensure that they are protected from all forces of evil. It is evident that his motivation in battle has changed. When he was younger, he just wanted to pursue glory. Now, he is pursuing the safety of his people. Beowulf defeats his last monster, and once again cleanses Geatsland from evil. Beowulf becomes a victim of the series of revenge that transforms him into the person that he

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