Save us, Once-more, and again twisted gold, Heaped-up ancient treasure, will reward you For the battle you win!” (Pg. 52) Beowulf goes to the monster’s marsh and tell King Hrothgar to give Higlac all his gifts if should die in battle. He leaped into the lake, as soon as he reached the bottom she grabbed him in her arms. He tries to slice her but realized no ordinary sword, such as Hrunting, could kill her. He dropped his weapon and decided to use his hands.
In Beowulf, Unferth tries to rile up Beowulf, viewing him as not as glorious as the stories claim, but once he kills Grendel and begins his hunt for Grendel’s mother, he realizes his words were wrong. He tries to apologize by lending Beowulf his own sword, Hrunting. Beowulf gladly accepts the sword and even states “‘to that far-famed man I bequeath my own / sharp-honed, wave-sheened wonder-blade. / With Hrunting I shall gain glory or die’” (1489-1491). Beowulf’s ability to accept Unferth’s apology instead of holding a grudge shows he is forgiving and humble about others.
In the epic poem, Beowulf, there are clear distinctions between an epic hero and a monster. Beowulf is the prime example of a epic hero possessing characteristics such as superior strength, courage, and loyalty. On the other hand, Grendel and Grendel’s mother are characteristized as evil and immoral based off of their actions. These characteristics are presented throughout the poem, and monsters are given grotesque, hideous appearances to further prove that they are evil. After Beowulf kills Grendel, Grendel’s mother reaction revealed how the full presentation of a character can allow readers to react differently than before and even sympathized with them.
Due to anger, Count Rugen killed Domingo and devastated Inigo’s life. Inigo became focused in mastering the technique of sword. Inigo became highly respected and attained a status of “master” which qualified him being a wizard, the highest rank in swordsmanship in the entire world. Inigo launched to pursue Count Rugen but could not find the man for a long time. Inigo began to feel hopeless and fearful about completing the mission of killing Count Rugen and sunk into depression and
The first battle shows Beowulf’s incredible strength, he wins this battle by cutting off Grendel’s arm. Next is the second battle which is against Grendel’s mother. Grendel’s mother is defeated by a sword that is in the hands of Beowulf. Lastly, the third battle is when Beowulf is the King and also very old. During the last battle, Beowulf takes the victory however he is wounded and dies.
Evil is towering over, and no one is able to save Beowulf until Wiglaf his only warrior who stay behind helps him out. He gives Beowulf a Sword and it allows him to use everything he has left in defeating the dragon. “The king/ gathered his strength and drew a stabbing knife/he carried on his belt, sharpened for battle” (Heaney 2701-2703). Even though the dragon dies so does Beowulf. This keeps the good vs evil at a balance until the next evil takes over.
As an underdog, no matter how hard life hits you, you will find your own motivation and keep going. You show life not only how hard you can hit it back, but that you can overcome anything. In chapter 1 of Allison Scott and George Goethals’ Heroes: What They Do and Why We Need Them, they explain why it is necessary to have a hero within a story. These writers state, “One reason is that the creators of fiction purposely construct characters who perfectly embody classic heroic stories or narratives. […] These make-believe individuals are thus crafted to be hero prototypes—individuals possessing powerful heroic qualities that we easily recognize and admire” (Scott 32).
Beowulf bravely follows her back to her home, where he must find a way to slay her. She also has a spell placed on her, so Beowulf’s sword does not harm her. Just as all hope seems to be lost, Beowulf spots a giant sword on the wall that can be used against the beast. The sword is “so massive that no ordinary man could lift [it]”, but Beowulf uses what strength he has left to lift the weapon (Beowulf 54). This scene in the story represents the Magic Weapon archetype.
First, he had to defeat a monster, Grendel. Next, he had to defeat Grendel's mother. Lastly, he had to defeat the dragon. All of the archetypes portrayed in both The Hunger Games and Beowulf serve a purpose and without them, the plot would weaken because if there wasn't someone to help, test and be a hero, there would be no story. Although both The Hunger Games and Beowulf are excellent example of Vogler’s twelve-step model of the Monomyth, both works of art are different, yet the same when it comes to their plots.
The bandit Tajomaru expounds on his own greatness and boosts his own feared reputation by telling of an epic battle where the two swordsmen fight bravely until he, the great Tajomaru, emerges victorious. In contrast, Masako relies on her femininity to garner sympathy for her story; she tells of the way that she was violated and then was so traumatized by her husband’s hatred for her that she fainted and then awoke distraught to find him mysteriously dead with her dagger in his heart. The murdered man