Military and Beowulf

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Tim Massey
Per 11
Mrs. Jahn
“Beowulf is the story of a dual ordeal: an external battle with vicious opponents and an internal battle with human tendencies of pride, greed, cowardice, betrayal, and self-concern”. This means that the characters in this story fight many of battles and battles within themselves. Some of the internal battles were when Beowulf was fighting the dragon and he thinks he will lose. There are many of external battles like when Beowulf fights Grendel, Grendel’s mom, and the dragon.

“Wait for me close by my friends” is what Beowulf says to his men before he goes to fight the dragon. Beowulf’s internal battle destructs his pride and he sees his first glimpse of betrayal. All of his men leave Beowulf’s side when they see him begin to lose. People always remain loyal to their leaders as long as there winning. He starts to notice that he is losing once his shield was melted by the dragon’s flame. When his entrusted sword that he has won many of battles broke he knew he wasn’t going to finish this battle alive, until he was saved by wiglaf.

+“I feel no shame, with shield and sword and armor, against this monster” young Beowulf would have never said that. He didn’t wear armor while fighting Grendel so he is coming to term with his mortality. He is starting to become cowardly with age but he is also showing smarts for planning ahead. If he were to fight Grendel’s mom a few years before he would go in with no armor or weapons and he probably would have died because his armor had saved his life. Grendel’s mom would have stabbed Beowulf in his heart without his armor.

“His hands, the strength in his fingers… fame comes to the men who mean to win it and care about nothing else” (507-509). This is a hidden boast to explain Beowulf’s strength. Grendel feels his strength as Beowulf crushes his hands. This just shows how strong Beowulf supposedly is.

in conclusion “Beowulf is the...
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