Betrayal in Beowulf When Beowulf goes on his quest to slay the dragon, everyone except for Wiglaf “runs for their lives to the safety of the wood” (175). To be fair, Beowulf is quite old at this point, so his men probably are not as confident in his abilities as they used to be. Still, Wiglaf gives them hell for their cowardice, referencing how they “pledged their loyalty” when “mead was flowing” and nothing was around to challenge their allegiance (177). The men still aren’t convinced, and continue to hightail it out of there. The situation alludes quite nicely to the scene in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus’s disciples abandon him after having sworn similar allegiances.
“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.
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. In the movie Beowulf and Wiglaf go to face the dragon alone; when they get to the cave Beowulf enters alone the dragon chases them back and there is a bunch of men shooting at it. Beowulf eventually kills the dragon because he found a spot on the throat of the dragon that was told to him by the former king years ago. The movie and the poem of Beowulf had very many differences. There are a lot more differences between the two that you would have thought.
Beowulf greatly values the people he rules over, even thieves that steal cups and cause a huge dragon to wreak havoc on his kingdom. Instead of just throwing the thief to the lions den and letting go of just a single person he ultimately lost his life protecting a single thief, just like a modern day hero like your friendly neighborhood Spider Man. That story is close to the part of the Amazing Spider Man movie where the Web Head, despite numerous injuries and broken bones, goes to save Gwen Stacy's dad. Stacy was trying to stop the Lizard Man, or their own dragon, from hurting the city, but he was overwhelmed and almost died because the Lizard was stronger and couldn't be hurt by bullets, so the Wall Crawler saves him, almost like Wulfgar saves Beowulf. It was important because her father George Stacy doesn't like Spidey.
For example, he defeats a gigantic, angry, human-eating cyclops without its neighboring brothers noticing. He did this thanks to his great strength, leadership skills, and cunning. He tricks the cyclops into becoming drunk and while he sleeps, he blinds him. He had also previously told the cyclops (Polyphemus) that his name was “Nobody” so that when Polyphemus was in pain from being stabbed in the eye he would yell, “Nobody is hurting me”. This shows Odysseus’ great cunning and leadership skills.
For example “ The grey bearded lord of the Geats ended those flying burning raids forever” (pg 68 lines 792-794). The imagery in this quote shows the great king old but still very brave. he is showing that his pride and fame will overwhelm even the fact that he is not as strong and young as he used to be. As Beowulf approaches to begin to tussle against the ferocious dragon. He quotes “ Id use no sword, no weapon if this beast can be killed without it
Furthermore, allies are another archetypal model depicted in literature including Beowulf. When Beowulf battles the almighty dragon, “No help or backing was to be had then/from his high-born comrades; that hand-picked troop/broke ranks and ran for their lives/to the safety of the wood. But within one heart/sorrow welled up: in a man of worth/the claims of kinship cannot be denied./His name was Wiglaf, a son of Weohstan’s” (Heaney 2596-2602). This replacement of Beowulf is not only a paramount figure as Wiglaf is one of the greatest allies Beowulf could ask for. A relatable example to further commentate on this topic is the character Harry Potter’s two allies Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley as they continuously help and save each other similar to Wiglaf and Beowulf (Rowling).
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.
It came to Beowulf’s attention that there was a dragon guarding ancient treasure. Unfortunately, his transition from a young warrior to an old king has taken a toll on his intellect and rationale. Having fought his last monster fifty years ago, Beowulf was overconfident about his abilities to fight a dragon that did not fight him unprovoked. Essentially, he put the safety of his kingdom in jeopardy for ancient treasure; a decision lacking in rationale. Nonetheless, it was prophesied that they would need to bid adieu “to all you know and love/ on your home ground, the open-handedness,/ the giving of war-swords” (Beowulf 2884-86), and further evokes
Chappie faced many disappointments during his life, and yet he was still able to continue hoping that things would get better. This ability to hope for better redeems Chappie in the eyes of the reader. It is important to have this quality as Chappie starts off as a very unsympathetic character, but with his ability to continue moving forward, the reader is able to do the same with the character. The issue with categorizing Chappie as an anti-hero lies in the fact that he does not do anything that would make him a hero instead of the protagonist that he is. He isn't working for any goal or ideal at any point in the story.