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Hero Cycle: Beowulf

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Paige Marcum

on 5 February 2013

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BEOWULF The Hero Cycle: Seperation Sadly, Beowulf did not return from his quest. He died a true hero. With his last breaths, he requested to Wiglaf that the treasure in the dragons lair was to be collected and taken back to Geatland. Although he died, Beowulf remained the greatest king to ever rule in Geatland. Throughout his life, Beowulf was an epic hero, but after his death Beowulf grew more and more famous for his heroic deeds. This is the absolute perfect example for a true Anglo-Saxon hero. The Call In Beowulf, there are many different points that could be classified as the "jumping off point". In my opinion, the main jumping off point for Beowulf in his journeys is when he steps foot into Herot. Beowulf goes to Herot to defeat Grendel for King Hrothgar and his kingdom. Beowulf was always successful in his previous battles, so he was confident walking into this next battle at Herot. Beowulf did not quite know for sure if he was going to come out as the victor. He did not quite know what he was up against. He had only heard of the atrocious things Grendel had done while terrorizing Herot for 12 years. With this said, in my opinion this is when Beowulf ffaces the unsecure unknown. Beowulf's view on life is drastically changed from the beginning of the poem to the end. At the beginning of the poem, Beowulf is arrogant and very confident in himself. He more or less does not do anything for anyone but himself. He loves to brag on himself, even though back in that era it was traditional to boast upon one's self. At the end of the poem, Beowulf's way of thinking was completely different. He was noble and honorable. He only thought of everyone else, not himself, as he did when he was younger. Throughout Beowulf's life, he grew and transformed into a very righteous and respectable man. Paige Marcum The Threshold The Initiation The Challenges The Abyss The Transformation Revelation The Return Beowulf was asked by Hrothgar to come to Denmark to defeat Grendel. Grendel had been terrifying the village for 12 years, and Hrothgar wanted an end to it. When Beowulf hears about this, he can not wait to go to Denmark and battle Grendel. While fighting Grendel, Beowulf is not really faced with much of a challenge. He defeats Grendel with his bare hands within minutes. Beowulf is obviously very physically strong. He tears off the creatures arm and hangs it from the rafters to symbolize the battle won over evil. Beowulf is praised greatly for this, and I believe he feels mentally stronger. He is sort of cockier after his fight with Grendel. The people of Hrothgar's kingdom are greatly appreciative of this victor because now they can celebrate and socialize at Herot again. Hrothgar had heard of the many battles Beowulf had won, which is why Hrothgar wanted Beowulf to rescue them from their own personal evil, Grendel. Beowulf spoke of how he put five great giants into chains. He also spoke of how he swam in the blackness of night hunting and killing monsters. Throughout the story, Beowulf faced Grendel then Grendel's mother. Fighting Grendel was somewhat of a simple win for Beowulf. FIghting his mother, however, was more of a battle. After winning, Beowulf was even more confident than he was before coming to Denmark. Later on in the story, Beowulf is the king of Geatland. He's an older man now, but he is faced with one more challenge. Beowulf had a dragon he had to fight, just because one of his people stole from the dragon's treasure. This showed how noble and caring Beowulf had become. He was no longer the "cocky" young man he was in Denmark. He is a king fighting for his people's mistakes. This was a huge change for Beowulf showing the growth he'd encountered. He was a genuinely good person now, not just a good hero. Beowulf's greatest challenge he faced in this epic was when he had to face the dragon. Beowulf was no longer in his prime. He was old and weak. Although Beowulf was an epic hero, he was just not as capable of fighting in battle as he was 50 years prior. Before the battle began, Beowulf had asked his troops to stay behind. He stated that it was a battle he had to do alone. With orders, everyone stayed behind, which was, in my opinion, something they should have ignored. Although Beowulf was doing a very heroic and noble deed, he was seriously injured and payed the ultimate price, death. Before passing, though, Beowulf fulfilled his purpose and slayed yet another form of evil, the dragon. In my opinion, I believe the lowest point in Beowulf's quest is when he nobly fights the dragon for the thief in his kingdom. It wasn't his duty to fight everyone else's battles for them, but with Beowulf being a great king, he believed it was his responsibility to protect and take care of his people. This one thief, who stole only a cup, has destined for his honorable king to be put to death without knowing the consequences of his actions. Like said before, Beowulf finished this last battle by slaying the dragon, but not without paying the ultimate price for the greedy thief's sticky fingers. This is what I see as Beowulf's lowest point. In all the battles he had fought for himself, it only took one battle to be fought with a noble cause for Beowulf to die. What is the honor in that? If that is "fate", then fate is a very unfair thing.
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