Grendel is a terrible and strong monster that terrorizes the Danes. Beowulf becomes a hero when he confronts Grendel and grabs him making Grendel afraid for his fate. Nevertheless, who is the real hero? Some think Beowulf is, but others, think is Grendel. No warrior before Beowulf dared fight Grendel, and Beowulf is able to kill Grendel.
However, when Beowulf grows old and becomes king, he is not affected by the factor of old age. Beowulf’s kingdom is attacked by a great dragon just like Hrothgars kingdom was attacked by Grendel. The difference is that Beowulf in his old age still had the strength and courage, unlike Hrothgar, to protect his kingdom. Unferth was considered to be the hero of Herot, but yet when monsters attacked the people that he was suppost to protect, he did nothing to stop it. Grendels reign of terror started many years before Beowulf came, so Unferth had plenty of time to at least make an attempt at stopping him.
By his final battle, Beowulf has finally come to full terms with what his courage and heroism means. He no longer fights out of pride, but fights for the good of the people. However, he still will not accept any assistance from the warriors he brings along, still insisting that this was his battle to fight and he had to do it alone. According to O’Connor, “In his final act of glory, Beowulf ultimately sacrifices the security of Geatland for his obstinacy in defeating the dragon alone, rejecting the warning made by Hrothgar.” (O’Connor) Beowulf never fully loses his pride, he only begins to channel it into other more useful outlets, one that is intended to protect all people. According to Stitt, “Mutual love and loyalty is seen when Beowulf 's transition from warrior to king is complete in the second half of the poem.” (Stitt).
Everyone feared his abilities and wouldn’t dare attack him. Then a dragon was woken from its slumber and attacked part of Beowulf’s land. “Yet the prince if rings was too proud to line up with a large army against the sky-plague.” (159: 2345-2347). Beowulf could have taken all of his warriors to fight, but he was too smug. He had to be the one to fight it, or die trying.
Grendal comes during the feast to once again, terrorize the Danes. Beowulf fights the Demon with no weapons and proves his strength to be greater than Grendal's. As Grendal tries to escape, Beowulf rips his arm off. Grendal goes back to swamp where he dies. Beowulf fought the dragon with no weapon in order to prove his great strength even without a weapon.
What was expected was for Beowulf to kill Grendel with just his bare hands, no weapons, no armor, but in the film he fought completely naked. As for Grendel’s mother wanting revenge on Beowulf for killing her only son, he tries to kill her only to find out he is powerless against her. Also for the dragon ... ... middle of paper ... ...The film version makes a lot more sense than the poem as to why Grendel was a curse to the Danes. In the poem, we only know Grendel attacks the Danes, because he does not like the loud noises they make from rejoicing and celebrating.
Boromir wishes to use the Ring itself to defeat Sauron so he can defend the people of Minas Tirith. Boromir has good intentions, but he fails to listen to the wise people like Gandalf telling him what the Ring will do to him. When he attacks Frodo, Boromir says “’True-hearted Men, they will not be corrupted. We of Minas Tirith have been staunch through long years of trial. We do not desire the power of wizard-lords, only strength to defend ourselves…” (389).
As he battles the dragon “for the first time in his life” (Beowulf l. 64), Beowulf has to fight with “fate against him” (Beowulf l. 64). For once he must fight on his own with no help from fate, the universe, or any God. This is the first time that Beowulf has a doubt that he will be able to win this battle. Because of this he is left helpless and he “suffered, wrapped around in swirling / Flames – a King, before, but now / A beaten warrior” (Beowulf ll. 84-86).
Good and Evil- The entire poem of Beowulf deals with the battle of good verses evil, good being Beowulf, his followers, Hrothgar, and Hrothgar's people, and evil being Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the dragon. In this poem the power of good overcomes all the evils, but not without the lose of life. These lives include that of Beowulf, Aeschere, and many of Hrothgar's people. The clashing of good and evil forces was the main method of creating interest and suspense in the poem. The fact that good always overcame evil shows that despite all the perils on the earth good will always prevail.
Although Beowulf defeats the dragon, he was fatally wounded and eventually dies. All of the treasure that the dragon was protecting was left to Thanes. To this day Beowulf is know as the hero but most importantly a strong and brave warrior that no one would dare stand up against, unless they were wanting to