When Beowulf fights Grendel's mother, first he looked around his surrounding and “he sights a famous old sword of the giants, which he seizes and thrusts at Grendel’s mother, who falls in helpless death throes” (Foster 1). In every battle, Beowulf is overpowered with wisdom, which makes him an epic hero. The second thing that makes Beowulf an epic hero is his strength. Beowulf’s main weapon against any opponents, he face is his mighty strength, which makes him the true epic hero. Beowulf fights many battles throughout his life, he killed all the monsters he faced, which shows his mig... ... middle of paper ... ... enormous risk that all the instincts of self-preservation resist”(Hanning 60).
Beowulf went to battle with the dragon because he wanted to be heroic. Everything that Beowulf did throughout the story he did because he was a hero. He fought Grendal, Grendal's mother and later, the dragon of his own strength and defeated them all. Farmer Giles however didn't try to be a hero. The only reason that Farmer Giles became a hero is because he scared a giant off and the story became loudly acclaimed and exaggerated.
An epic hero is merely defined as someone who portrays the characteristics of honor, bravery, and courageousness. In the story Beowulf, Beowulf proved himself as an epic hero numerous times through his past accomplishments and adventures. He fought battles other humans could never endure. He has proven his bravery, courage, and honor by defeating the dragon and also proved himself in the battle with Grendel and Grendel’s mother. A considerable amount of times throughout the story, Beowulf demonstrates himself to be one of the greatest epic heroes.
Defeating Grendel weaponless was another display of magnificent bravery. He kept coming back and defeated Grendel 's mother along with a fire-breathing dragon until he was fatally injured and killed. Bravery should not only apply to warriors but also to everyday people. Beowulf fights Grendel, saves his mother and loses his life while fighting the dragon. After defeating Grendel, Beowulf came back twice in order to kill Grendel 's mother and a fire-breathing dragon.
Beowulf is a hero and an example of a great warrior. He fights against monsters. In the section of the poem we are about to discuss, Beowulf is ready to fight a dragon with his thane Wiglaf. He is going to fight a dragon . Beowulf has no fear of the dragon, because he has fought many enemies that were much more ferocious.
For those not acquainted with the story of Beowulf, he was said to be the strongest man ever to live, and given this he was fated according to their beliefs to accomplish certain things in his life. Some of these things being to be slaying of great monsters and winning of great wars. And thus that is what he did as he progressed through life. The epic is rather brief in terms of what an epic normally is, but, in this time he manages to travel to a distant land, and slay a monster that has taken over that land, and then after that feat he of course makes that monsters mother mad, you know you can do something to someone without making dear old mom mad. So, then Beowulf must kill the mother and then after they are both sent into hell, the land is free of tyranny and injustice Beowulf returns home a hero.
The Importance of Grendel and the Dragon in Beowulf “In my youth I engaged in many wars”, Beowulf boasts to his warriors, which is certainly true. Throughout his life, he faces many deadly foes, all of which he handily defeats, save one. His story focuses on the most challenging, as well as morally significant of foes, Grendel and the dragon. These creatures reveal much about society as well as Christian virtue at the time. Even after Grendel and the dragon are defeated physically, the two monsters pose a new threat to the hero on a higher plane.
While Beowulf is governing, the dragon "...kept watch over a hoard, a steep stone-barrow" (Norton 55). Under it lays a path concealed from the sight of men. Over centuries no one had disturbed the dragon’s kingdom until one day when a thief broke into the treasure, laid hand on a cup fretted with gold, which infuriated the dragon. "The fiery dragon had destroyed the people's stronghold, the land along the sea, the heart of the country" (Norton 57). Beowulf prepares to fight a dragon with his thane, Wiglaf.
Grendel is an isolated monster that terrorized Herot and killed thirty men every night for twelve years because he was bothered by the loud noise of the parties at Herot late at night. When the news travels to Geatland, Beowulf decides to help King Hrothgar rid his people of the monster since the king had helped Beowulf’s father in the past. Beowulf is also the only man who could defeat Grendel. Beowulf is described as: “…There was no one else like him alive. In his day, he was the mightiest man on earth, high-born and powerful…” (Line 196).
A quote that describes this is, “…he cut the beast in half, slit it apart. It fell…”(line 185). He shows courage along with his cousin, Wiglaf, when they defeat the fire dragon. In line 189 it says, “…their courage had killed it, two noble cousins had joined in the dragon’s death.” Beowulf also shows courage in all of his battles. His intelligence is far above any others.