Even though he kills many monsters in his life (such as the Grendel and the dragon) it does not mean he can boast about it. In his resume to Hrothgar, Beowulf boasts, “No man swims in the sea as I can, no strength is a match for mine” (267-268). Beowulf shows his strength, but he does not do with humility but with pride. Since Beowulf’s pride is so strong, he builds himself up to say he will take down the Grendel with his bare hands, “My hands alone shall fight for me” (172-173). No ordinary man has the ability to say he can defeat a monster with his own hands, but Beowulf does.
An example of Beowulf showing bravery is when he goes to slay the dragon even though all his men abandon him. He realizes that the dragon is more powerful than he is, but he will still not back down. In line 1493, he says “Not one foot’s space will I flee from the monster,” thus showing his true bravery by not giving up to the more powerful foe. One more heroic characteristic of Beowulf is his strong sense of duty. This means that he is always devoted to his people, his king, and their security.
He must protect his people. But Beowulf seems so caught up in the surreal threats such as, monsters and dragons, he fails to realize the real peril he has left his people in. Beowulf is aware of his age and uneasy feeling toward his success yet he chooses to take on the dragon anyways. Although the dragon is defeated the Geat people are presented with even greater danger of the Sweds who will surely pounce on their nation. Therefore, throughout the story Beowulf is presented as the ultimate hero; demonstrating the strength of thirty men in his grasp while also using his powerful insight to avoid unnecessary conflict.
Beowulf: Wiglaf Wiglaf, along with Beowulf’s other warriors, watches Beowulf initiation his battle against the dragon. When the fight seems to be turning against Beowulf, however, all of the warriors except Wiglaf -flee. Wiglaf’s purpose in the poem, however , is more than simply someone to help Beowulf. Wiglaf is the model of a good warrior, and as a good warrior, Wiglaf demonstrates the importance of heroism to society and the necessity of loyalty to one’s kinsman and lord. He is willing to saccrifice his life to reciprocate the gifts which he received from his lord, but even more important, he symbolizes the need for cooperation between warrior and lord in order to preserve society against overwhelming odds Wiglaf also demonstrates the responsibility of the good warrior, a contrast to the cowardly warriors, who represent all that sciet shoud not emulate.
Beowulf is brave and courageous and does what it takes to protect his people from danger. He goes off to other lands to help others; he slays a dragon to keep his people safe. Beowulf is considered almost a god but is actual made of the same things everyone is made up off just that he makes the most of it. Beowulf first proves that he is a hero when he hears that there is a monster killing and tormenting the men of Denmark and with this news decides he will go and help these men. Beowulf does not hesitate to think if he should go or not but just gathers his men and leaves.
Even Beowulf knew that his chances of winning this fight were small, but he knew what he had to do. At the end of the fight Beowulf was victorious, the Dragon was dead, but Beowulf suffered an injury from the dragon and also died. Because of Beowulf’s sacrifices the people were finally safe once
I appreciate Hamill’s efforts to convince the readers that winning is not everything, but his efforts to reduce the value of winning may discourage the readers to be less determined and competitive. Hence, in my opinion, winning is everybody’s utmost priority as it motivates the winners to do their best and to complete the whole game. Hamill’s points are right, but I still unable to fully accept his opinions after I had finished reading this passage. After all, a saying by Vince Lombardi goes “Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.” Works Cited They certainly want to win. Sometimes they absolutely lust for victory.” Grantland Rice’s saying “It matters not who won or lost, but how they played the game,” Vince Lombardi goes “Winning is not everything, but wanting to win is.”
After he wins the fight with Grendel and defeats Grendel’s mother who seeks revenge for her son’s death, Beowulf announces his victories to Hrothgar and his court, claiming fame as a successful warrior. Along with his congratulations, Hrothgar also gives Beowulf a warning about the dangers of power: “Do not give way to pride. / For a brief while your strength is in bloom / but it fades quickly; and soon there will follow; illness or the sword to l... ... middle of paper ... ...5 - 577). Beowulf reveals the positive result of his fatal flaw through this boast – he is able to do what others cannot, ridding the world of dangers that not only give him wide fame and glory, but help those who live in fear of them. Beowulf is a complex character that is cast as the ultimate hero and champion, whose greatest strength is also his greatest weakness.
This pride has led Beowulf to the point where he doesn’t want to fight with an army because he truly thinks he is stronger and better than anyone who fights him. Well, pride definitely got the best of Beowulf, because his decision to fight by himself because of his deluded pride, got him killed by the dragon. His death was not an accident, it was because he was too satisfied with himself, which makes his death pathetic, sad and tragic. Beowulf doesn’t acknowledge what can possibly harm him, “Pride prevents us from acknowledging our human vulnerabilities” (Amodeo 3). Beowulf is so blinded by his own pride, that he is unable to see how vulnerable he is in a situation where he has to fight a dangerous beast.
His self-imposed purpose in life is to help others, and eventually sacrifices his own life in doing so. Beowulf’s battle with the dragon serves as a critique of the notion that Beowulf is a hero. The Dragon section displays many of Beowulf’s heoric characteristics. Beowulf establishes himself as a hero by fighting the dragon, exemplifing strength and courage when fighting the dragon, and sacrificing himself so that others can live. Beowulf’s fight against the dragon shows Beowulf as a hero.