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Beowulfis a centuries old epic poem written in the 11th century. However, thefirst battle describes what type of hero Beowulf is. As the poem keeps going,the second battle can be described as the fight between good and evil.

AsWiglaf is showing his braveness for the last battle, we understand what it’slike to be a hero. Each battle is very different from the last. In his questfor glory, Beowulf fights three important battles – two monsters and onedragon. These battles have similarities and differences; however, each contestfurther matures Beowulf.            The first battle is a milestone forBeowulf as he shows the world his mighty warrior skills. As the Geats(Beowulf’s tribe) travel to Hrothgar’s kingdom, they are stopped by watchmenand ordered the warriors to state their business.

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After talking with the king,Beowulf and his crew set off to kill Grendel, a fierce monster who has plaguedthe land for over a decade, “that monsters score of men is so great that heneeds no weapons and fears none”(L262-263). Grendel, the spawn of Cain, ispurely wretched by nature. His entire being is devoid of joy and empathy. Somethink that when he hears the jubilant parties that take place at Herot he isfilled with intense jealousy because he has never experienced anything happy.As Beowulf is in position to kill, Grendel arrives at the mead hall. Whiletrying to fight back against Beowulf, Grendel losses his arm and suffers from severeblood loss. As the beast scurries away to die we see how Beowulf reacts to hisvictory. He becomes pompous as he shows his warriors the severed limb.

Thisreaction and boastfulness shows how developed Beowulf is.             The news of Grendel’s death travelsfast throughout the kingdom. However, when Grendel’s mother hears of this, she beginsher monstrous rampage. The second battle is between Beowulf and Grendel’smother.

She has a very masculine figure with an unsightly face, “she welcomedhim with her claws”(L475). She attacked the men in the mead hall, she showed nosign of logic but intended aggressiveness like a warrior.  Grendel’smother attacked the mead hall to take a revenge for the death of her son,before returning to her lair. In order to go fight with the mother, Beowulf thenventured into her lake based home. He becomes more defensive while fighting thebeast. Beowulf represents his adult stage in the battle with Grendel’s mothernot as fierce but still very strong. It also makes him a greater hero when heventures into the lake to reach to the Grendel’s mother.  In this battle we see that in a short time hebecame a more mature warrior and humble for his victories.

            The third battle is more than 50years later, and Beowulf is now a king. Beowulf has reached the remarkable ageof 80. Beowulf the now king decides to take on the dragon. As the King and his11 men approach the beast all but one runs away in fear. The battle with thedragon symbolically opposes what it means to be a good king.  Being a good kings means that one is willingto give up his life to protect his kingdom.

In this quote it shows how he willfight to the death for his people, “Then Beowulf rose, still brave, stillstrong.”(L650). Also this battle represents greed and destruction because thedragon could breathe fire and melt swords, and then keep the valuable goods. AsBeowulf and Wiglaf fight the fire breathing beast, Beowulf loses his life inthe process. Beowulf showed true courage even when there was only one person toback him up. Beowulf died for being a brave and prudent king.

            The difference between the battlesis Beowulf. Every battle has its foe but they have a different hero each time.As Beowulf becomes a seasoned warrior he understands when to be boastful andwhen to be humble.

Beowulf developed as the poem progressed. Throughout thepoem, you can see the similarities and differences of each battle, but the onething that is not held constant is Beowulf’s domineer.  


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