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Beowulf- Hero's Journey
Transcript of Beowulf- Hero's Journey
Call to Adventure
“So Beowulf chose the mightiest men he could find, the bravest and best of the Geats, fourteen in all, and led them down to their boat; he knew the sea, would point the prow straight to that distant Danish shore.” (119-124)
Crossing The Unknown
Beowulf and his fourteen brave men crossed over the sea from their home Geatland to the home of the Danes. Beowulf and his men arrived ready for battle, equipped with everything they would need. When they arrived Beowulf went to Hrothgar to speak to him about Grendel. Hrothgar had been hunting Grendel for years, but has been unsuccessful. Beowulf goes to the king to ask for permission to be able to fight the monster on his grounds. Hrothgar gives Beowulf permission to fight the monster; and gives him a feast to honor his heroic decision.
Tests, Allies, Enemies
Beowulf was now about to face the biggest challenge that he has ever had to face in his life when he goes to battle Grendel. Beowulf wants to battle and take Grendel down to keep a heroic well known reputation of himself. He is fighting against Grendel because he wants his own people and the Geats to know him as being very brave. Because Beowulf has experience battling monsters, it won’t be as difficult for him. Beowulf was smart and was able to trick Grendel, but unfortunately, later ended up losing an arm and dying.
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“In his far-off home Beowulf, Higlac’s follower
and the strongest of the Geats- greater and
stronger than anyone anywhere in this world-
Heard how Grendel filled nights with
Period # 7
CP English IV
Before Beowulf started his adventures, he had heard the stories about how Grendel had filled nights with terror. Grendel had caused terror in Denmark for many years. Before his adventure started, Beowulf was in his ordinary world in Geatland. Geatland was across from where the Danes lived. Beowulf was very loved by the Geats. But little did Beowulf know that his world would be changed because of Grendel’s terrors.
Beowulf had heard about the epic terrors that the monster known as Grendel was causing. He knew that he had to be the hero and set out to save the Danes and keep the Geats from the terrors. Grendel had been hunting the mead-hall of the Danes for twelve years now, he had killed over 30 of Hrothgar’s men. So Beowulf had gathered his best men and decided to cross the sea to fight the monster. Beowulf knew that he was really the only one that could possibly help Hrothgar because of his history of being able to fight off monsters.
“Beowulf arose, with his men around him, ordering a few to remain with weapons, leading the others quickly along under Herot’s steep roof into Hrothgar’s presence” (134-138)
The Road Back-
“Screams of the Almighty’s enemy sang in the darkness, the horrible shrieks of pain and defeat, the tears torn out of Grendel’s taut throat, his captive caught in the arms of him who of all men on earth was the strongest.” (308-313)
When Beowulf defeats Grendel and upset mother becomes very upset and angry. Grendel’s mother was angrier than ever before. Grendel’s mother went to where the Danes lives and killed one of Hrothgar’s men, to seek revenge of Beowulf killing her son. Beowulf now has another challenge to face. Beowulf was now offered a reward if he could take down Grendel’s mother now. The challenge now became more advanced then before.
“Seek it, if you dare! Save us, once more, and again twisted gold, heaped-up ancient treasure, will reward you for the battle you win!” ( 446-450)
“But he was stretched on his back, and her stabbing blade was blunted by the woven mail shirt he wore on his chest.” (503-505)
Beowulf throughout this epic had battled with Grendel and Grendel’s angry mother. Beowulf had battled with many monsters in his time, so Grendel was an easy target for him… but Grendel’s mother on the other hand, was way more of a challenge for him. Grendel’s mother didn’t make the challenge any easier for Beowulf, she definitely wasn’t giving up. She had a lot of strength that she put up to fight Beowulf, and his weapons were not exactly strong and powerful enough to be able to defeat her. Beowulf’s moment of not being so strong and a little weak was definitely during this part of the epic.
After Beowulf killed Grendel, Grendel’s mother became very angry, and killed one of Hrothgar’s best men. Grendel’s mother wasn’t going to just let it go, she had to fight back for what he did. Fighting Grendel’s mother was a tough challenge for Beowulf, but he ended up succeeding in the end. Beowulf fought as tough as he could, but he ended the battle by stabbing her, using the only sword that could kill her. Beowulf got the reward of knowing he saved the Danes and the Geats.
“Her body fell to the floor, lifeless, the sword was wet with her blood, and Beowulf rejoiced at the sight.” (523-525)
After Beowulf’s long battle of fighting with Grendel, and then Grendel’s mother, he finally was ready to start his journey back home. Nobody was expecting Beowulf to return home from battling Grendel or his mother. The people of the Danes were questioning if Beowulf was going to survive the battle. After time passed, a lot of time passed, people stopped believing that Beowulf survived the battles; but they had no idea that Beowulf actually didn’t die from the Battles.
“The sun slid over past noon, went further down. The Danes gave up, left the lake and went home, Hrothgar with them. The Geats stayed, sat sadly, watching, imagining they saw their lord but not believing they would ever see him again.” (556- 561)
After the long battle that Beowulf bravely fought, Beowulf wasn’t doing as good as he wished. Beowulf was now the Danes, and the Geats forever hero. On his way back Beowulf found the body of Grendel laying lifelessly on the ground; Beowulf brougt the head that he cut off to the king of the Danes, so they could always remember the horrors that they lived through. It was very weird for them to actually see, but they all thanked him for that opportunity.
“He sought Hrothgar to salute him and show him Grendel’s head. He carried that terrible trophy by the hair, brought it straight to where the Danes sat, drinking the queen among them. It was a weird and wonderful sight, and the warriors shared.” (600-605)
By the end of this epic, Beowulf successfully defeated Grendel and Grendel’s mother. He worked as hard as he could to defeat them for the Danes. But unfortunately Beowulf had lost his life. So this part of the epic is not him really returning home… but the end of his life.
“He’d reached the end of his days, their mighty war-king, the great lord of the Geats, gone to a glorious death..” (868-870)