Beowulf believes The Geats and himself deserve revenge due to the burning of their homes and their luxurious hall. He would “leave this brief life, but would take the dragon with him, tear it from the heaped-up treasure it had guarded so long”(lines 42-44). 19) Before proceeding to his battle with the fire dragon, Beowulf prepared with his armour, his sword, and a shield. He did not need any of this equipment when battling Grendel and his mother, because he knew he had the strength to defeat them without full protection. Beowulf explains, “I feel no shame, with shield and sword and armour, against this monster: when he comes to me I mean to stand, not to run from his shooting”(lines 61-63).
He must decide whether he wants to live or kill more of his people. Beowulf decides that he needs to do this for his people so he goes out and kills the dragon. Beowulf had died fighting which means that he will go to Valhalla and that is a place where you go if you have died in honor in combat. In the story of Beowulf he must die in honor so that he can go to Valhalla and he thinks that is more important than his own kingdom. However in the film of Beowulf he dies in honor for his kingdom for his people because he actually owned up to his responsibilities and owns up to his mistakes.
There’s an appreciation for his tools, as they allowed Beowulf to battle just a bit longer and kill the dragon rather than going in defenseless. To charge into the lair defenseless, while knowing the dragon’s capabilities, would be more foolish than anything. Supplying himself with weapons and armor was a logical thing to do in Beowulf’s situation because it gave aid to his victory, even though his fate said otherwise. As Beowulf lay in the dragon’s lair with death approaching, he breathed his last words to his best warrior, Wiglaf: “I sold my life for this treasure, and I sold it well.” (Beowulf 806-7). Beowulf had risked his life for the reward - the defeat of the dragon, the treasures and happiness of his people, his victory - and he knew the risks before
Some were gifted their leadership, and others have forced their way to the top. Some kept the peace, while those not fit to rule only brought discord. In “Beowulf”, Beowulf is a warrior who is favored by his people to take the thrown after their king was killed from an attack. In the epic poem “Beowulf”, the ambitious mentality, courageousness, and confidence of Beowulf grant him an absolute powers that others lack.
“ It dawned on Beli: that men liked her! Not only did they like her, they liked her a f---ing lot”, (Diaz 93). She found her body to hold some what power over men, having them feed from the palm of her hand. From that moment she began flaunting her body using it to lure men, searching for love in the wrong way, this may have been the reason for the demise of all three of her failed relationships. Beli, though her beauty was breathtaking, allowed for callous behavior of men in the way they treated her.
Once considering Beowulf’s accomplishments, it is clear that his life centered around his heroic deeds. Adjacent to the definition of a hero, Beowulf’s downfall was caused by his failures. Although Beowulf was able to kill the dragon, he unfortunately sustained a deadly wound which brought him to the end of his life. His death then led to the potential destruction of Geat society. The tale hints towards this tragic ending when Wiglaf expresses his fears for the future.
Before this time, all heroes were perfected people, but Lord Byron created a flawed hero. Someone who isn’t the perfect person, who can be wrong while still being right. It took heroes from being an unattainable thing to being something that a person can strive to be. Without the Byronic hero, our literature would not be the same, there would be no in depth characterization, because all the good guys must be perfectly good while all the bad guys must be perfectly bad. There would be only one note characters and one note stories.
Grendel’s mom payed Herot a visit to get revenge for her son, killing men in their sleep. Beowulf showed bravery going down to the cave to fight Grendel’s mom after this. Beowulf entered her layer, he had no men with him, just himself. He found himself getting justice for the kingdoms people, face to face with the water demon. Beowulf showed strength as he fought a battle that seemed no end.
The Anglo-Saxon time period is marked with trials of courageous men sacrificing themselves for the sake of others in battle. By defeating the egregiously violent monster Grendel, Beowulf not only becomes a true Anglo-Saxon due to his bravery, but he demonstrates the Anglo-Saxon value of fame. The poet displays Beowulf’s bravery through his actions and words throughout the epic story. When Beowulf encounters a fearsome dragon, the poet mentions that “He [Beowulf] had scant regard/for the dragon as a threat, no dread at all/of its courage or strength” (Beowulf 2347-2349). Beowulf, had such confidence in himself that he believed he could defeat a dragon by himself.
In the play Romeo and Juliet the playwright, William Shakespeare, helps us understand that lust is a violent form of love, by characterizing Juliet as someone who gives in to lust, thus leading to her death. After Juliet meets Romeo and she gives into lust, she violently expresses herself. The first place we see this is in the quote “My grave is like to be my wedding bed” (1.5.149). In this quote Juliet has already given in to lust. The reader can see this by the way she says “my wedding bed”, Juliet has only just seen Romeo and fallen in “love” with his appearance.