Beowulf 's Epic Of Beowulf Essay

860 Words Oct 15th, 2016 4 Pages
The epic of Beowulf consists of three battle where, the main character, Beowulf himself, battles his greatest foes. enemies. Beowulf has different strategies, weapons and reasons for fighting each one of his foes, along with a specific motivation when fighting the maleficent monsters. Beowulf will fight Grendel, Grendel 's mother, and the dragon. Grendel and his mother are giants feared by all but Beowulf, the Dragon is the protector of treasure and will stop at nothing to keep it safe. Beowulf is not only fighting for himself, he is fighting for his hierarchy and for his people. The first major battle in Beowulf is against the giant troll, Grendel. The fight ensues when Grendel attacks the mead hall, kills the kinsmen, and then eats them, after being disturbed by the drunken revellers. To make Grendel rue his horrific crimes, Beowulf battles him and does so only with his hands. By battling the beast with no armour or weapons, he shows his superhuman strength and that he is more than an average human. “Now I mean to be a match for Grendel, Settle the outcome in single combat,” says Beowulf to the King, asking him to battle Grendel. Beowulf defeats Grendel by detaching his arm from his body causing him to bleed to death. Beowulf is motivated to defeat Grendel because of his crimes towards his kinsmen and to fulfill his promise made to the king. The promise to Hrothgar is fulfilled by killing his foe with his bare hands, he then hangs the arm over the mantle in the meade…

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