HUM 101 006
Instructor: Therese M. Hart
The book of Beowulf starts showing King Hrothgar as a king of Denmark who builds a mead-wall named Heorot. The mead-wall noise angers Grendel, a horrible monster who lives in a swamp with his mysterious mother. Grendel visits Danes every night and kills people every time he comes. The Danes for many years’ experience suffer, danger, death from Grendel monster. A Geatish warrior called Beowulf comes to help them after many years of suffer. Beowulf sails to Denmark with a small ship of fourteen bravest and best of Geats. Hrothgar accepts Beowulf offer to fight Grendel and hosts a feast in the hero’s honor. Unferth accuses Beowulf for not defeating the Breca. He tells them some of his past accomplishments and convinces the crowd. Beowulf gets ready to defeat Grendel. Beowulf fights Grendel unarmed. As Grendel fights with Beowulf he tries to escape but Beowulf tears Grendel arm off. Mortally wounded, he goes back to his swamp and dies. Beowulf uses the arm of the monster to show people of his victory against the monster. The present king of Denmark gives gifts and treasures to Beowulf.
People started singing songs for Beowulf and they celebrated all day long. Beowulf wounded Grendel but his mother was still alive. Upset from his son’s death, she comes to the mead-wall and kills almost everyone. She kills Aeschere, one of Hrothgar’s most trusted adviser. To avenge the Aeschere’s death, Beowulf goes to the swamp where the monster woman lives and fights with her. Beowulf prepares himself for battle; he uses a sword by Unferth, a warrior who doubted him and wishes to make amends. Grendel mother is unable to harm Beowulf through his armor and drags him to the bottom of the lake. Beowulf takes Grendel’s corpse and brings the head as a price to Hrothgar. The Danes are now overjoyed and the Beowulf fame is spread all around the country. They create Beowulf poem showing Beowulf as a great fighter and warrior.
Beowulf returns home and rules for fifty years. Fifty years after Beowulf’s battle with Grendel, a steal golden cup comes to Beowulf’s hands. The new dragon attacks the Geats people. Beowulf sensing his own death approaching, at the age around seventies, decides to fight the dragon. With the help of his trusted friend Wiglaf, after a tense fight, he kills the dragon at a heavy cost. Beowulf died and was buried in Geatland. According to Beowulf’s wishes, they burned his body on a huge funeral pyre with a massive treasure in an overlooking sea.
The author shows character in the poem as unable to talk about their identity. This is a very prominent because of the poem’s emphasis on kingship bonds. The poem shows Beowulf heroism in two separate phases showing Beowulf in a youth and age. Also shows the three main conflicts – with Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon. We can understand that these three fights want to show Beowulf as a heroic warrior, and his mature heroism as a...