Essay on The Battle Of The Epic Poem ' Beowulf '

919 Words Oct 9th, 2016 4 Pages
To begin, Beowulf’s tragic flaw, personal pride, caused him to fight solely for himself, not for others. When he challenged the dragon in his last battle towards the end of the epic poem, he believed only he deserves its impressive treasure. Confidently, he stood ready to confront the monster, utterly arrogant to those ready to help him. As Beowulf strutted into the beast’s lair he exclaimed:
No one else could do
What I mean to, here, no man but me
Could hope to defeat this monster. No one
Could try. And this dragon’s treasure, his gold
And everything hidden in that tower, will be mine
Or war will sweep me to a bitter death!”
Then Beowulf rose, still brave, still strong,
And with his shield at his side, and a mail shirt on his breast,
Strode calmly, confidently, toward the tower, under
The rocky cliffs: No coward could have walked there!
By emphasizing the words “no one” and “no man” before he attacked the dragon, Beowulf displayed his intense disrespect to those soldiers ordered shield him. He “strode calmly [and] confidently” towards the beast, which further proved his lack of angst of the monster. Gasconading of his heroic self, Beowulf depicts his heightened conceitedness. Furthermore, “no coward” strode along the rocky cliffs which the beast lived, thus only heros, such as Beowulf, travelled on such a diverse and frightening area. Consequently, when the monster demonstrated his true power, Beowulf shockingly lost after flaunting his nobility, thus…

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