Monsters In Beowulf

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In Beowulf, Beowulf fights three monsters, Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon each being different and similar in many ways. Each brawl he uses different methods or weapons, sort of showing how he gets weaker over time as he grows older. Each fight also shows the elements of every epic hero, how they all have strengths and weaknesses and sometimes subsequently death. These fights show how he develops over time as an epic hero, but more importantly how he influenced others to be heroes. The battle with Grendel is the first battle Beowulf encountered in the story, which exhibits his strengths. To me this fight displays Beowulf in his prime years where he is the youngest and strongest. Beowulf decides that he will only use his bare hands because Grendel, “Is so great that he needs no weapons and fears none” (Raffel 25). Beowulf also prevails in this battle because he has the support of his men, even though their weapons useless. Beowulf rips Grendel’s arm from his body leaving him to run back to his swamp and die. He has a lot of pride doing so and hangs his "trophy" Grendel's arm in Herot's hall. The second battle Beowulf encounters is between him and Grendel's mother this time he is doing it mainly for the reward in return. Not only that this time he uses chainmail sort of showing…show more content…
To me Beowulf is a monster himself with a villain mentality, he kills then is still angered after finishing the mission he came to accomplish. Saying "his heart still angry. He was hunting another dead monster...” (Raffel 41), instead of feeling accomplished he becomes even more upset. Normal qualities of a killer, Beowulf is very boastful, gets very angered, and does most of his "deeds" just for

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