Beowulf

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In the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf, there are battles between Beowulf himself and several different monsters. Any time I think of a battle, there are three words that comes to mind. These three words are Fate, Loyalty, and Glory; all of these are present in each of Beowulf's battles and these were also important to the Anglo-Saxon. These values are important to them because they wanted be known as the most courageous and powerful warriors. The episodes of fury are when Beowulf fights Grendel, Grendel's mother, and then a dragon fifty years after his battle with Grendel's mother. All of this fighting is started by Hrothgar, the king of the danes, when he builds a mead hall in appreciation of his warrior's loyalty. The first battle is between our hero Beowulf, a Geatish warrior and Grendel, a demon descended from Cain who preys on Hrothgar's warriors in the mead hall of Heorot. Fate is present beca Continue...


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Loyalty is present when Beowulf chooses to fight the monster for king Hrothgar who had done Ecgtheow, Beowulf's father, a great favor. So Beowulf goes on to defeat the horrible monster unarmed, eventually ripping the creatures arm off when it's trying to flee in fear of it's life. Disturbed by a thief, the dragon emerges to breathe fire and wreak destruction on the Geats. Beowulf is even bold enough to take on a fight that he did not start in the case of the dragon. use a great warrior is needed to defeat the monster and it just so happens that Beowulf is the best in all the lands. Loyalty comes about this time because the mother of Grendel is going to fight Beowulf and try to avenge the death of her son. The last and final battle for Beowulf is fifty years later when he is confronted by a dragon, an ancient and powerful serpent who guards a horde of treasure in a hidden barrow. As fate would have it, the previously victorious Beowulf is put to the test one more time. Unfortunately for them, their great king, who was also a great warrior, died because of the soldier's eventual show of cowardness. Fate comes into play here when Beowulf defeats and unknowingly kills her son. The glory is still in the hands of Beowulf even though he himself has been killed, because he was a bolder and greater warrior than any of the other Geats. Beowulf defeats the dragon, but is also inflicted with a venomous bite to the neck and our hero tragically ends up dying, due to the toxin in the bite from the monster. In the end of the story you see how not being true to your values can cause problems. However, the glory of this battle is not belonging to Grendel's mother.

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