Beowulf's Three Battles

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Beowulf was the strongest and bravest man in the world. Decedent from the great Scyld, nothing would stop him from achieving excellence. Every opportunity that arose for Beowulf to prove himself as the greatest warrior was taken up and for the most part won. One incident with a friend of his, Breca, in a week long swimming match was one by Breca due to a minor interference in favor of Breca. Never has Beowulf's strength, honor or bravery proved false. He walked the talk and he talked a lot. Finally, a few opportunities arose to challenge our humble warrior. To test his honor and bravery our mighty hero he must defeat a monster known as Grendel, Grendel's mother and a giant dragon. "The captain of evil discovered himself in a handgrip harder than anything he had ever encountered in any man on the face of the earth." In order for Beowulf to prove his superiority among the rest of the humans he must win great battles. A monster known as Grend has been plaguing the Danes with it's brutal slayings and harassment of innocent people. When Beowulf hears of this treachery he, at once, insists on slaying the beast. He travels to meet Hrothgar, king of the Danes, where he is told of the beast and it's power. Beowulf uses this Continue...

Upon entering the mead hall, quite stealthy, Grendel's mother takes one man, Aeschere, who just so happened to be Hrothgar's loyal assistant and right-hand man and ran away cowardly. Upon returning to the magnificent hall of King Hygelac, Beowulf presents him with many gifts and tells his adventure. The second battle dealt mainly with vengeance. Sharing your wealth was a very admired trait amongst the Anglo-Saxons. Beowulf was reluctant to slay the beast because the dragon had a right to be upset and in truth Beowulf was old and knew he wouldn't make it out of this battle alive. King Hygelac gave Beowulf land of his own to rule and later he rose to become the king Geats. A lot of foreshadowing occurs during this scene with many predictions of Beowulf's death, Beowulf is even aware of his mortality and knows he may not survive this battle. The three battles which take place throughout the poem symbolize a moral struggle on Beowulf's part. " After inflicting a mortal wound onto Grendel, Beowulf became the target of Grendel's mother. The dragon was wronged and seeks justice but goes a little too far when it destroys Beowulf's mead-hall. Someone robbed an item from the dragon's den and so in the name of justice the dragon went on a killing spree throughout Beowulf's kingdom. Reputation was very important among the Anglo-Saxons. The final battle against the dragon dealt with the dragon's right to vengeance.