He decides to stab Polyphemus, the cyclops, in the eye with a wooden stake. Since Odysseus had told Polyphemus earlier that “Nobody---that’s my name,”(Homer 223.410) none of Polyphemus’ brothers came to help him when he started screaming that “Nobody” was attacking him. Another time when Odysseus was very skillful was when he goes back to his home, and he disguises himself as a beggar. When he pulls back the rags, he is described as “Odysseus master of craft and battle.” (Homer 439. 1) He then fights and kills all the suitors in his home in Ithaca with some help from his son.
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.
Although he knew there was a chance that he would not make it out alive, he chose to leap into the peril moor not worrying about the potential consequences. King and Beowulf both fought Grendel. However, King’s “Grendel” can be seen as equality between all races. Threats, violence, or attacks never caused them to back down from their
Not with a sword and a shield, but with his bare hands. “ My lord Higlac might think less of me if I let my sword go where my feet were afraid to, if I hid behind some broad linen shield: my hands alone shall fight for me,” (166-174). This is tough feat to complete, but he chooses to do it because he cares about the safety of his people. He knows that, if he dies in the process it will be worth it because Herot will be safe.
In the movie Beowulf stabbed him with a knife, but he soon realized he had special skin; however, Beowulf dropped the knife and fought Grendel with his hands. In the book Beowulf didn’t use any weapon on Grendel at all. As the soldiers screamed in terror Beowulf noticed that Grendel’s ears were sensitive to sound. Beowulf swung on Grendel’s back and started to
The first major point in Beowulf is when Beowulf kills Grendel. After hearing about the many Danes that Grendel had killed, Beowulf and a group of warriors decide to sail and help the Danish people: “In his far – off home Beowulf … Heard how Grendel filled nights with horror And quickly commanded a boat fitted out, Proclaiming that he’s go to that famous king” (Raffel 194 – 199). This shows that Beowulf is willing and eager to help other countries in
How Savagery Takes Over George R.R. Martin once said, “There is a savage beast in every man, and when you hand that man a sword or spear and send him forth to war, the beast stirs.” William Golding demonstrates that every person has savagery inside of him in his novel, Lord of the Flies. In this novel, Golding shows us that civilization is lost and savagery begins when the urge to kill takes hold of us. William Golding’s character development of Jack and motif of weapons help develop his point. As Jack’s moral character deteriorates, it brings his savagery to the surface, allowing the remnants of civilization to be forgotten.
Who sent you? Never mind that, I will avenge my father and hang your lifeless body in my halls for all to see!” Armed with a sword, the brazen prince charged the mighty cyclops. Alas, even the greatest fighters may not match the skill and agility of a god! With a simple flick of the wrist, the giant knocked the prince’s sword from his strong grasp and jammed the weapon into the mortal’s throat, his life blood trickling down his bare chest like spilled wine. The shrieking Penelope stood no match against the god, as he ended her life with a simple knock to the head: a painless death for a fair
By only taking his best men and leaving the others behind on the ship indirectly shows Odysseus’s wisdom. On the island they hide in a cave, but get trapped inside by a Cyclops, which causes Odysseus to formulate a plan to escape, “I hewed again to make a stake with pointed end. I held this in the fire’s heart and turned it, toughening it” (Homer 568). While the Cyclops is sleeping Odysseus and four of his remaining men stab the monster in the eye and later escape due to him being blind. The plot
He could send troops and let someone else deal with the dragon but he does not. He faces the dragon himself like a true hero would. Knowing an enemy this strong could kill him he fights regardless in order to protect his people. Beowulf killed the dragon and gave his life for his people truly the actions of a hero. Even as a king he has nothing to prove to anyone by facing the dragon, which shows that he does not fight for himself he fights because he believes he needs to.