Beowulf's 'Power And Weaknesses In The Epic Poem'

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Beowulf shows a resemblance of power and weakness throughout this epic poem. In the beginning of his heroic journey Beowulf was seen as a powerful and strong man. Although, by the end of the poem his fall caused him to be viewed as weak and selfish. Beowulf and the Danes were people of Herot not knowing that many battles were in their future. Soon rather than later the test of Beowulf's skills were put into action. Grendel, one of the many sea monsters came up to land were Beowulf and the Danes were congregating as one and attacked Beowulf. They fought at each other with all of their might and strength until Grendel's arm was viciously ripped off by Beowulf. Grendel’s plan of attack failed and he went back into the lake that he lived …show more content…
When fighting off the dragon, Beowulf told his fellow Danes that he did not need their assistance in this encounter. This resemblances weakness because he cannot admit to himself or others that almost anything done individually could result in an incompetence when there is possible danger involved. With the fighting of Grendel and his mother Beowulf was well aware of the possibility of failure, this attack against the dragon was not comparable. He had confidence that he would destroy and kill this intimidating dragon with no struggle. Proving that he was becoming weaker sense he believed he could no anything without anyone's assistance. Beowulf’s weakness prevailed as the Danes were informed that their beloved leader was killed by the dragon. The inability to kill the dragon may not have only been for physical reasoning but also his lack of selflessness to others. Beowulf resembled power in the first two battles he confronted, although with the gain of too much self confidence he was incapable of many things by the third attack and revived his weaknesses. Unfortunately Beowulf’s power resulted in weakness which lead to his

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