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Beowulf's Past Deeds

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Nick Nunn

on 28 March 2011

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Was Beowulf already an accomplished hero when we are introduced to him? Beowulf's Past Deeds When we are introduced to Beowulf, he is already a very accomplished warrior. When we are introduced to him in Chaper 3 he is already spoken of very highly. Quotes such as "Beowulf, Higlac's follower and strongest of the Geats-greater and stronger than anyone anywhere in this world" (p.29) prove this. What do we learn about Beowulf's past deeds in Chapter V? In chapter 5 we learn that Beowulf wears a lot of nobly worked armour and brings noble weapons, and that he came boldly to Denmark. This shows that he is a noble and mighty warrior that has experience on the battlefield, and the Danes take notice of this. Quotes that show this would be "Not poverty but your heart's high courage has brought you to Hrothgar", and "Beowulf, their prince who showed the them the way to our shores, is a might warrior, powerful and wise." What do we learn about Beowulf's past deeds in Chapter 6? In chapter 6 we learn that Beowulf has been successful in many battles and is a fierce warrior. We also learned that he is very respected in his community for being a powerful warrior. This is proven by the quotes "the days of my youth have been filled with glory" and "They have seen my strength for themselves, have watched me rise from the darkness of war, drippin giwth my enemies' blood." What do we learn about Beowulf's past deeds in Chapter 8? In Chapter 8 we learn that Beowulf had competition with Brecca at a young age to see who could swim out to sea further and faster. We learned that Beowulf ended up fighting a dangerous monsters in the sea and killed it, showing amazing battle skills. Quotes that show this are "You're Beowulf, are you- the same boastful fool who fought a swimming match with Brecca, both of you daring and young and proud, exploring the deepest seas..." and "But fat let me find its heart with my sword, hack myself free; I fought that beast's last battle...". How do Beowulf's motivations represent general truths about the human condition? Beowulf's motivations for fighting his battles are to gain fame, power and glory. This represents the human condition very well because most people want these three things above all else. Another motivation for Beowulf to do what he does is that he feels that God has called him to fight these battles and destroy these monsters. The quote "Now Grendel and I are called together, and I've come". This shows that he believes God has called him to fight Grendel and he is answering the call. It also shows that people believe that many things they are doing are for God, and they are motivated to do those things because of God. How does the fight with Grendel fit into Beowulf's life story and his past heroic deeds. Beowulf's fight with Grendel fits into his past heroic deeds by adding to his legend and shows how powerful he has become from his previous battles. The quote "that shepherd of evil, guardian of crime, knew at once that nowhere on earth had he met a man whose hands were harder" shows the power that he gripped Grendel with and the fear he put into Grendel because he was so strong from previous fights.
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