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.
Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon are all Beowulf’s enemies who all wreck havoc on innocent people. This causes the Geat warrior Beowulf, to come and fight them up until his death in battle. When Beowulf is at a young, strong age, all he wants to do is fight and seem larger than life to everyone around him and to those who hear his story. The first monster he encounters is a demon named Grendel. Grendel wreaks havoc on Danish warriors being jealous that he is a spawn of Cain which causes him to be forced to drift around the world with no companions and be alone forever (Bodek).
The dragon steals a goblet, he then goes around the earth and town looking for the thief that has taken his goblet. “the slick-skinned dragon, threatening the night sky with streamers of fire…” (2271). Due to the dragon not finding the thief, he attacks and attacks until he hits Beowulf 's town. Beowulf says to himself, “I have defeated Grendel and his mother, I shall have no fear of a dragon.” Beowulf vows to fight the dragon. As Beowulf fights the dragons, he notices that his strength isn’t the same as how it was before.
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. But because of Unferths lack of action, Beowulf has to take on the task of slaying Grendel. By killing Grendel and his mother, Beowulf succeeds where Unferth has failed. Wiglaf and Beowulf both fought the dragon, but Beowulf is the one who actually killed it. Wiglaf was in full strength and was unhurt but all that he could do was stab the dragon.
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.
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.
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.
This shows his cowardice since he runs instead of finishing the fight on the spot. For the Anglo-Saxons, death in battle was the most glorious type of death, Thus Grendel running away would have been mocked by the crowd and re enforced the quality of courage. When the battle itself begins, Beowulf decides to fight Grendel bare handed. His comrades however stay to help him fight. This reveals the theme of loyalty.
Love is a two way street. In order for love to work it must be given and returned. If love is left unfulfilled it can lead a person to be spiteful, vengeful, and at the extreme villainous. In Emily Bronte's novel, Wuthering Heights, Heathcliff is the villain because he is frustrated about his unrequited love for Cathy. Heathcliff's villainy is apparent in how he treats the Earnshaws, degrading Hindley and Hareton just as Hindley did him.
He did not have much time to plan this one, because the vengeance truly surprised Hrothgar and his men. In Beowulf’s final battle, the selfish dragon was awoken due to an equally selfish thief. Beowulf, now extremely old and much weaker, had to rush down to the dragon’s lair to defeat the monster. As the poem progressed, the planning time seemed to decrease, and the reason for the battle changed each time. Another major difference between each battle was the help that Beowulf received.