Age has gotten the best of him, but nevertheless he wants to fight. Finally, he gives his last formal boast in the mead hall saying, “In boyhood I braved bitter clashes; still in old age I would seek out strife and gain glory guarding my folk if the man-bane comes from his cave to meet me” (3. 2212-2215). Rash and unflinching, he leaves to go and conquer the dragon. When he leaves he takes weapons, but they cannot save him.
This is shown whenever Beowulf sets out to fight Grendel, an awful beast who is terrorizing Hrothgar’s kingdom. This is also shown whenever Beowulf ventures out to slay Grendel’s mother. And ultimately whenever Beowulf goes to fight the dragon in his final showdown. All of these pertain to Beowulf fulfilling the role of the hero in Beowulf.
In the quote, Beowulf is talking to his lord. He had beaten the last monster of his days. Beowulf wasn’t jumping up and down, he was just glad he got to do that one more time for himself, his servants, and most importantly he showed his lord that he was still courageous! So with loyalty,bravery, unselfishness, courage, and faithfulness towards his lord and his servants, he made one heck of a hero just like the Anglo- Saxons. “They said that of all the kings upon the earth he was the man most gracious and fair-minded, kindest to his people and keenest to win fame.”
This battle involves losing his sword which he thought would kill the mother, and tossing her to the floor with little to no energy when “anger doubled his strength,” stated in lines 510 and 511 on page 54. When Beowulf finally notices the sword on the wall he, is able to grab it and cut her throat clean through. Through all the years that the story of Beowulf has been told or read, people discuss whether it is an epic or just another story. Some like to argue that it does not follow all the characteristics of an epic and others believe it follows them and even adds more. Beowulf by far follows the characteristics of an epic with the uses of exploiting a hero, taking place in a vast setting, and focuses on the strength and military prowess that can be
Grendel was known to have attacked innocent soldiers, however; Beowulf attacks, and kills Grendel whereas, his mother will soon take out revenge on his killer. Grendel who is the monster, hated to see the men celebrate their joy after winning victories. In Return, it made Grendel Upset in the movie and textbook when he discovered the men celebrating he goes into the hall once they all were asleep and attacked him. It upsets the Danes that he had killed their men. Beowulf then heard the news and gathered his strongest men to attack Grendel.
This is his final act of comitatus shows how committed he was because it the text it stated, “No coward could have walked ther!” (2541) When he goes to fight the dragon he ends up being all alone and is killed while fighting it. His people had rewarded him by letting him lead the kingdom so now he fought bravely for them. If he had retreated and not showed comitatus he would have been exiled the the other warriors. As stated at the end of the story, “Telling their sorrow, telling stories / of their dead king and his greatness, his glory.” (3172) This final stand for Beowulf shows that he has the best comitatus because no other character so as much commitment to anyone else as Beowulf
Beowulf battles Grendel, and takes his arm as a trophy. In the story The Iliad, a man named Achilles is heartbroken by the death of his best friend named Patroclus. Patroclus is killed by Hector, the prince of Troy. Achilles seeks to avenge the death of his best friend by mercilessly killing Hector. Achilles battles Hector, and manages to shove his sword through Hector’s throat just barely missing his windpipe so Achilles can have one last conversation.
Thomas C. Foster states, “The thing we share is our death” (Foster 14). In addition to the first two, a line reads “They had killed the enemy, courage quelled his life... / ...but now, for the king, / this would be the last of his many labours / and triumphs in the world” (Heaney 2706-2711). Jones even talks about this, stating “The epic hero has a protective nature and willingness to help others with their problems” (Jones 4). Of course, Beowulf sacrifices himself to defeat the dragon, delivering the fatal blow with Wiglaf’s help. In total, Beowulf’s courage makes him fight the dragon at the cost of his own life, showing his
When Beowulf killed Grendel and his mother, he had heroically purged Herot of its evil. He then became a ruler of the Geats. Beowulf ruled the land of the Geats for fifty years. Other kingdoms feared and respected Beowulf. He fought with a fire breathing dragon that had been
Raffel states, “Together Beowulf and the young Wiglaf kill the dragon, but / the old king is fatally wounded. Beowulf, thinking of his people, / asks to see the monsters treasure” (pg.31). Beowulf can’t kill the dragon alone, and Wiglaf knows it, so he goes to help his king. This shows how Anglo-Saxons helped each other when in need. Even when injured and dying Beowulf was thinking of his people and what he could give them.