He learns of how Grendel only seeks justice for what was done to him. This kind of justice was also taken upon the first Geat killed, who rather than chosen randomly as in the poem, was actually chosen due to having shattered and desecrated Grendel’s father’s head. Once this deed had been taken care of he tried to escape from the mead hall, but his arm was accidentally hung on a rope and he decided to escape by cutting his arm off with a spear. Grendel then runs off, only to die soon after by the shore. Grendel’s mother pulls him in the water and takes him to her cave.
God protects Beowulf and also Herot. Herot is Hrothgar’s hall for himself and his men. God protects Beowulf through each battle until the battle against the dragon. Beowulf put his life in the hands of God, and God has guided Beowulf to survive through two battles. God allowed Beowulf to defeat the dragon by ripping its heart out, but Beowulf came back with a mortal wound.
Beowulf is considered an epic hero because, he is brave, strong, shows courage, and he has desire to help people. He concurs everything he sets his mind to. Grendel comes to the Mead Hall and kills people from the town Herot because, he doesn’t like the happiness and the noise the people are making. Grendel only attacks at night. Beowulf comes from Geatland to help once he heard what Grendel was doing.
Using a magical sword he finds in the giants’ hideaway Beowulf kills her with it. He discovers Grendel’s body and severs the head to take as a trophy. As he returns Hrothgar declares with gratitude, “This prince / Of the Greats, Beowulf, was born a better / Man! Your fame is everywhere, my friend, / Reaches to the ends of the earth and you hold it / In your heart wisely, / Patient with your strength and our weakness”(73). Admiring what a great man his is, Hrothgar praises then later warns Beowulf about the dangers of pride.
This angers Grendel so he rampages in Herot Hall killing Danes. Later Beowulf comes to kill Grendel. Beowulf returns to Geatland. Fifty years later he fights a dragon. Sacrifice can benefit the greater good.” For example, Beowulf is willing to give his life for Hrothgar’s kingdom.
Not only were the characters in Beowulf powerful, but they all had their own sources of motivation that encouraged them to use it. “Grendel was the name of this grim demon, haunting the marches, marauding round the heath and the desolate fens; he had dwelt for a time in misery among the banished monsters, Cain's clan, whom the Creator had outlawed and condemned as outcasts(line 102- 107). Grendel is considered an outcast, even though he did
The attacks rained on Heorot for 12 years to come before Beowulf got a hold of this blood thirsty nuisance. Grendel's character creates a sense of helplessness to the reader, also adding doubt to the fact that Beowulf could take on such a creature from below. His impulse to kill is much greater than the simple fact that he is envious of the men who live there which made Grendel a bit too
The tales differ because of exaggeration and lack of presence in some events by the Geat. The story narrates of Grendel’s unquenchable desire to slaughter in his lust for evil. It speaks of the fear caused by him and how Herot’s population fell as people were killed or fled from the village. Herot was deserted for 12 years, yet Grendel never attacked Hrothgar, only his men. It was then that Beowulf came to defeat this evil.
In the story, Grendel attacks the city and demolishes thirty soldiers who lay happily asleep. This symbolizes when a Christian loves God, he will be attacked by Satan. Satan will try every way that he can to divert you away from God, and that is exactly what Grendel did as well. “And sometimes they made vows to the old stone gods, made heathen vows, hoping for Hell’s support, the Devil’s guidance in driving their affliction off.” (Lines 90-93). These lines let us know that evil did prevail over these people.
He did everything he could to protect his people from the terrifying Son of Cain, Grendel, but was unsuccessful (Fellows 2). He was hopeless until a determined hero, Beowulf, came along and defeated the cruel monster. Hrothgar was so grateful, he offered to love Beowulf as his own, “Now, Beowulf, thee, / of