Despite Beowulf’s confident and boastful status as a warrior in the present poem, his youth was filled with more turmoil. He was “poorly regarded” (Beowulf, 2183), and it was “believed that he lacked force” (Beowulf, 2187). Adopted by the King, Beowulf later became a courageous hero. Insecurity flashed when Beowulf defended himself to Unferth, as he took defence a step further the necessary by claiming that Unferth would go to Hell for killing his brother. Belittling another man in order to boast and inflate one’s self is a flaw seen in both Beowulf and Unferth. The need to prove himself of worth resurfaced after the fight with the dragon. As he died, he told Wiglaf to bring him t...
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...e for reasons other than consumption was a waste of resources, and scorned the humans for doing so. This included the killing of enemy livestock, shooting birds for sport, and murdering one another. Yet, after being noticed and attacked by guardsmen, Grendel adopts this nature that he had watched for countless years as he begins his raids on Hart. If he cannot obtain companionship despite being peaceful, then he must follow the behavior the humans have shown him. He derives pleasure purely through this interaction with people that he cannot obtain from any other creature, as well as an outlet for anger. His loneliness is not absolved as he returns to a bored state, keeping enough alive in hopes to one day remediate it. Like Beowulf, Grendel found a rival in Unferth that blossomed a sadistic interest that kept Grendel entertained before he met his match and was killed.
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