While Beowulf has lived a long, successful life and although he has plenty of men to send off to the fight the dragon, he decides to fight the dragon himself and risk the safety of his people for the chance at one more shot at old times. Despite the narrator’s positive portrayal of him in the earlier parts of the poem, in this scene, readers must weigh Beowulf’s ego against his kingly duty as a protector. His men do not support the unnecessary risk Beowulf takes, and the venture ends in his death. While it is clear that Beowulf’s men betrayed their pledged loyalty to Beowulf by fleeing, Beowulf arguably enacts a similar betrayal in his pursuit of another accomplishment at the expense of the Geats he was supposed to
The dragon for some reason is the child of Beowulf and Grendel’s mother. The dragon is beautiful and strong and it has been formed in Beowulf’s own image. The dragon represents the characteristics that Beowulf lacks. Beowulf have aged and his strength is not what it used to be and because of that he began to question himself as a man and warrior. During the fight there is a power struggle between father and son.
Beowulf’s final battle is with the dragon. In the document about the battle with the dragon, written by Christine Rauer. Rauer says, “Dragons represent the most common type of monstrous animal in Anglo-Saxon art and literature.” (Doc. H). The Dragon was mad about someone stealing his gem-studded cup, dragons are known for guarding their “hidden” treasures.
While fighting Grendel, Beowulf’s men stood beside him, but when the time came to defeat Grendel, Beowulf had to complete this task on his own. Moreover, while fighting Grendel’s mother, Beowulf was sent into the marsh alone to dual with her. He was nearly killed in the process, but was able to overcome Grendel’s mother’s power. In his final battle, Beowulf was abandoned in the fight with the dragon. All but one of his men abandoned him during the fight with the dragon.
He had Wiglaf’s help to kill the dragon in the poem. The dragon starts attacking people when someone stole a treasure from it. Beowulf brings a group of men to help him but the only person who stays is Wiglaf. Beowulf didn’t kill the dragon but he hurt the dragon pretty bad. In the movie the dragon, which is Beowulf’s son, get angry when a slave finds the dragon cup that Beowulf had given Grendel’s mother.
“His mind was in turmoil/unaccustomed anxiety and gloom/confused his brain; the fire-dragon/ had raised the coastal region and reduced/forts and earthworks to dust and ashes/so the war-king planned and plotted his revenge” (Heaney 2331-2336). Beowulf knows he will be able to defeat the dragon, but this fight is different comparing to Grendel and Grendel’s mother. “The glittering sword/infallible before that day/failed when he unsheathed it, as it never should have” (Heaney 2584-2586). All of the swords are breaking and he gets bit by her causing him to have a poison in his neck. Evil is towering over, and no one is able to save Beowulf until Wiglaf his only warrior who stay behind helps him out.
After reading Egnar Allan Poe’s dramatic story “Hop Frog” many people were asking, “is Hop-Frog justified to do what he did?” People can argue about it all day, but I believe Hop-Frog is justified. The king was relentless in his attacks against Hop-frog, Hop-frog killed him out of self defense, Hop-frog had to get his life with Triappetta back to normal. Imagine being a cripple, dwarf, and a jester. Having just one of those stacked against you would devastate almost everyone on Earth. Unfortunately, Hop-frog has all three of those obstacles going against him.
In lines 725-729, “he raised his sword and struck at the dragon’s scaly hide. The ancient blade broke, bit into the monster’s skin, drew blood, but cracked and failed him before it went deep enough”. Beowulf’s strength was very weak that he couldn’t cut the dragon with his sword. Beowulf tried to defeat the dragon. In lines 682-685, “No one else could do what I mean to, here, no man but me could hope to defeat this monster.
When Beowulf fights the dragon, he gets severely wounded, and is on his death bed. Normally a person in that position would want to see their loved ones before they perish, but that is not the case with Beowulf. Beowulf never loses his love for treasure, and this can be supported by the fact that the last thing he wants to see before he dies is the dragon's treasure. On his deathbed, he says "The dragon's treasure: we've take its life, but its gold is ours too. Hurry, bring me ancient silver, precious jewels, shining armor and gems" (2743-2748).
All things considered, Frankenstein is a cautionary tale on the dangers of irresponsibility, Victor being matriarch. Victor exhibits his irresponsibility many times throughout the novel. His first instance of irresponsibility is shown after bring the creature to life, now only realizing: “…the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (59). As the result of his obsession with creating a stopped to death, he fails to realize the magnitude of what he is doing; creating a new life. However, he realizes the extent of his actions only when the creature is given life.