Beowulf : Maturity Through Battle Essay

985 Words Oct 17th, 2016 4 Pages
Maturity Through Battle Throughout Beowulf, Beowulf shows off his many heroic qualities over the course of three battles. The first against Grendel, the second against Grendel’s mother, and the third against the Dragon. Within each of these battles, Beowulf shows the characteristics which make him the greatest hero in the history of English mythology. With each battle, Beowulf’s legend grows stronger, with him embodying the pure form of heroism. Beowulf’s first battle was against the demon Grendel. Grendel was said to be a descendant of Cain, the origin of sin. Grendel began attacking the mead hall of the great King of the Danes, Hrothgar, due to the loud noise the Danes made during their feasts. Grendel terrorized the hall every night, taking and killing many men. This went on for a while, making it impossible for the Danes to celebrate properly. The people had a glimpse of hope when Beowulf came to the aid of Hrothgar. He does so because Hrothgar assisted Beowulf’s father years before. Known as the best warrior alive, Beowulf had proven himself in many ways throughout his life. When he was young, he challenged a friend to a swim race. He lost, but for one reason - he had to stop and kill several sea monsters before he could finish the race. Rumors spread around the Danes, with many of them believing he had the strength of thirty men. In preparation for the battle, Beowulf decides to fight the monster on even stakes. While he waited for Grendel’s attack, he had no…

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