Beowulf Hero's Cycle

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Beowulf has all of the characteristics of an epic hero, and proves that through his actions. He travels the full hero’s cycle not once, not twice, but three times, all in the course of one inclusive hero’s cycle. His journey begins when he travels to Herot to fight Grendal and protect the people. As Grendal terrorizes the citizens of Herot, Beowulf arrives, neither fearful nor hesitant; he becomes boastful after defeating Grendal. “When it comes to fighting, I count myself as dangerous any day as Grendal.” (Heaney 47). The king of Herot rewards Beowulf with gifts and glory. Beowulf angers Grendal’s mother, and repeats the hero’s journey all over again. “…without more ado, he dived into the heaving depths of the lake.” (Heaney 103). He crosses the threshold into yet another…show more content…
However, he is able to defeat her, and pulls her head to the surface of the lake as proof of her demise. Again, gifts and glory are granted to Beowulf for the defeat of Grendal’s mother. Years later, Beowulf becomes king, and now faces his last obstacle. A dragon, angered by the theft of some precious relics, ravages the countryside. Beowulf fights the dragon, killing it, but not after being mortally wounded. As he lay dying, he sees the riches he lost his life for, and declares Wiglaf the new king. “You are the last of us, the only one left of the Waegmundings.” (Heaney 189). Beowulf completes his journey by being brought home by his men and buried, crossing the threshold into heaven. The story of Beowulf culminates in the successive revolution of one hero’s circle, with smaller journeys within it. Beowulf’s journey starts by leaving Geatland, with his first few trials being fighting Grendal, Grendal’s mother, and the dragon. Beowulf reaches the belly of the whale during the fight with Grendal’s mother and narrowly escapes with his life. He returns back to Geatland with the ultimate boon, that being gold, riches and

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