What Is Loyalty In Beowulf By Seamus Heaney

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What means necessary would one take for their own family, to honor and to defend their loved one’s self and memory? In the poem Beowulf by Seamus Heaney, Grendel's mother was put in a situation where her only son, Grendel was grotesquely killed by the protagonist Beowulf, who is a strong, humble warrior who protected the Danes and Geats. Not only was he killed but they took his dead body and displayed it for all to see as a representation of their victory. As soon as the mother comprehended what had occurred she went to Denmark not out of pleasure but to try to get vengeance for her son and killed Aeschere, an advisor of the Danes and stole her son’s arm that was on display. These actions lead her to the events where she had to battle Beowulf …show more content…
When Grendel’s mother discovered the death of her son she is heartbroken and is determined through her actions to honor and defend his being by any means needed. She went to Denmark and killed Aeschere to revenge Beowulf’s past action of killing her son, she acted in a way any mother would have felt on the inside. “She had taken up the feud/ because of last night, when you killed Grendel.”(1333-1334) This expressed how her revenge is justified because Beowulf took something that was dear to her heart and she did the same to his society since he is passionate toward their well being. She chose to kill him because he is someone Beowulf was fond of just how Grendel was close with his mother. She wanted to show Beowulf how his actions affected her and how she would do anything necessary to preserve his being. In a sense this is her way of being able to defend him when she could not and is even more meaningful to her because he has no ability to since he has passed away. Even the tone of …show more content…
Although her actions were out of respect and honor of her loss she faced obstacles herself for these actions such as battling Beowulf and while doing so she is killed. Beowulf went to battle with Grendel’s mother because she had taken what was her’s, her son’s arm and how she had taken the life of someone society felt dear to. “She fell to the floor./The sword dripped blood, the swordsman was elated.” (1568-1569) This indicated how Grendel’s mother fought to the end to defend her son’s honor until she bleed toward the ground. It also proved that she really felt she was doing the right thing because people will not willingly die unless there was a valid reason to. If she did not feel so strongly about it she would have stopped before obstacle came into play but she came back just as hard until the end. She was so ambitious to honor her son that she risked her own life while trying to do so. If her actions were truly based upon the fondness of evil she would have stopped before she was dead but she took her honoring and defending to her grace when anny other villain would have started evil somewhere else. She desired to express her son's honor to the society which took his life to preserve him on his behalf . Her actions are not solely based upon influctuated feelings but to make something of a loss and to have provided actions to defend her wishes for

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