Beowulf Conflict Analysis

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An epic, a long narrative poem that celebrates the deeds of a legendary or heroic figure, influences literature for a long time. The earliest form of it comes from the time period of the Anglo-Saxons. One famous epic of this time period is Beowulf. In the story readers are shown the adventures that Beowulf go through to prove he is a hero. In all these adventures our hero, Beowulf, encounters conflicts with other characters such as the battles he fights against Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon. The first major conflict in the story Beowulf is the battle with Grendel. Grendel, a ferocious man-eating monster, is jealous of the people of Herot. After knowing of their converting to Christianity, Grendel is the outsider. He is angry and…show more content…
Once Beowulf arrives to the cave that Grendel lives, he comes face to face with Grendel’s mother. Grendel’s mom is already upset about her son coming home with only an arm and being beaten up. She feels a great deal of anguish when she sees this and takes her anger off on someone else other than Beowulf. Beowulf decides to face her. The speaker states, “They wrestled, she ripped/ and tore and clawed at him, bit holes in his helmet,/ and that too failed him” (498-500). At first Beowulf is losing this battle. He does not give up, but continues on the fight. Anger becomes a source that helps strengthen him. The orator states, “Anger/ doubled his strength, he threw her to the floor” (510-511). He manages to weaken Grendel’s mother and slams her to the floor. She does not stay on the floor for long and instantly she is back up on her feet and fighting. A commentator states, “Although she proves an even stronger foe than her son, Beowulf manages to defeat and slay her” (Mazzeno). Beowulf manages to kill her despite her strength. He proves that he is able to defeat those who possesses greater strength then…show more content…
The three main conflicts he encounters are the battles with Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon. He overcomes these conflicts with determination and strength. His accomplishes al with confidence and determination in himself. Beowulf does not look at his opponents strength, but mainly on how praised he would be once he defeats them. He fights his battles with more sense of pride than his rivals and at the same time for the people sake. He does not only fight for the people in need, but mainly for his name to be known as a hero. In the end he proves to be the hero he truly knows he is. He goes so far for others to see, but it is a matter of stepping up to ones belief in, while everyone else backs

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