A dragon attacks Beowulf’s kingdom and his terrorizing his people. Rather than send warriors to fight the dragon, Beowulf goes himself to fight the dragon. Taking sword and shield he engages the beast in combat. However, Beowulf runs into complications with this beast, “the iron Shield, and for a time it held, protected Beowulf as he’d planned; then it began to melt.
Death in Literature The “rituals” of death within the literature can be seen as based upon the heroic protagonist. Usually the deaths of those surrounding the protagonist, will coincidently experience tragic deaths. Whether from Beowulf, or from William Shakespeare’s well-known plays Hamlet, and Macbeth, there exist a “connection” within these arts of work on the way death is emphasized, and how deep sorrowful emotions are dealt with. The meaning of dying a purposeful death, versus a tragic one with one causing their own death is treated differently in a ritualistic way as from a philosophical way. Beowulf, is a story based upon a strong, brave man who can defeat anyone, including monsters without an ounce of fear.
TITLE A compelling ending of a literary work does not simply end; it continues evolving in the minds of the readers well past its final pages. In the epic poem Beowulf written by an English monk and translated by Seamus Heaney, the hero Beowulf meets his death as he fights a dragon during the final pages. Previously, Beowulf displays many heroic traits defending King Hrothgar and the Danes against the evil, God-cursed monster, Grendel, and Grendel’s malignant mother. Beowulf returns to his home in Geatland where he rules as king for fifty years. The epic closes with Beowulf defeating the dragon and dying in the process.
Beowulf fought the dragon with no weapon in order to prove his great strength even without a weapon. The Danes greatly rejoiced in Beowulf's great show of power and ability by killing Grendal. Grendal's mother however, determined to extract revenge for Grendal's death. She killed one of the Danes, Aeschere, the King's most trusted adviser, and then went back to her swamp. When the Danes mourn the death Beowulf says to the King, "Wise sir, do not grieve.
Beowulf Attacks the Dragon. Beowulf makes his final boast. He says that, even though he is old, he shall “still seek battle, perform a deed of fame” by killing the dragon. (Norton59) He doesn't know how to grapple with the dragon, like he did with Grendel, so he will use a sword and shield. He tells his men that the outcome will be “with us at the wall as fate allots, the ruler of every man.” (59) He tells them to let him fight the monster alone, “By my courage I will get gold, or war will take your king, dire life-evil.” (60) *These three quotations indicate pagan elements of glory, not Christian.
Ryan Chan Ms. Friedrich ENG 2DY 28 May 2014 Society’s Attitude Towards Death Even before the Renaissance, poets have explored the theme of death in an attempt to understand and cope with it. However, poets’ attitudes towards death is constantly evolving to reflect the values and beliefs of society. During the Renaissance, death was seen as an adversity that faith in God could overcome, as John Donne’s “Hymn to God, My God, in My Sickness” and Thomas Nashe’s “In Time of Plague (Adieu, Farewell, earth’s bliss)” demonstrate. As the Romantic period dominated literature, death was an escape to a better world if God chose to bring you to heaven, as Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Epitaph” and Anna Lætitia Barbauld’s “Life” reveal. Finally, the Modern period brought about a gradual change to a secular society, illustrated by Emily Dickinson’s “Going to Heaven!” and Edgar Lee Master’s “Yee Bow”.
Which is to slay the dragon that continues to attack the villages and farms of Geatland.“ Beowulf spoke, made a formal boast for the last time:” I risked my life often when I was young. Now I am old, but as king of the people I shall pursue this fight for the glory of winning, if the evil one will only abandon his earth-fort and face me in the open.” (lines 2510-2515), being his final words to his people before he sets out to slay the dragon. While battling the dragon Beowulf gets burned and injured badly. All his men are frightened by this and run off besides Wiglaf. “ The nobel son of Weohstan saw the king in danger at his side and displayed his inborn bravery and strength(lines 2694-2626).... Once again the king gathered his strength and drew a stabbing knife he carried on his belt, sharpened in battle , He stuck it deep into the dragon’s flank.
When a place like this is built, it shows the people that there is hope and that... ... middle of paper ... ...agon goes on a rampage across Beowulf's kingdom. Beowulf ends up dying defeating this dragon, and the treasure that he and so many others died for is buried with the him "and a trove of such things as trespassing men had once dared to drag from the hoard" (Beowulf 3164-3165). Examples of symbolism are clear through out the epic poem Beowulf. It clear these events are not supposed to be taken literally, but its the symbolism behind these events that make up the story. From the formation of the mead halls, and the defeat of Grendel and his mother.
After Beowulf serves as King of the Geats for fifty years, he goes to battle one last time to fight a horrible Dragon that is terrifying his people. While others cower, Beowulf shows signs of bravery that define him as a hero. 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. While engaging the Dragon in combat, Beowulf runs into complications with it and realizes that his sword can do no damage.
The dragon is portrayed as the undefeatable evil. He is nearly invincible, breathes fire, and manages to fatally wound the ultimate hero of the poem. This makes him the ultimate evil Although Beowulf does defeat the dragon, the battle ends in a tie, since both sides perish, which shows the never ending balance between the two extremes: good and evil. The theme of loyalty is also explored here. When the battle between Beowulf and the dragon first begins, “[his] hand-picked troop/ broke ranks and ran for their lives” (1129).