All-knowing God Must have sent you such words; nothing so wise From a warrior so young has ever reached These ancient ears. Beow Beowulf He is the son of Scyld Shefing, and a strong king in his own right. No one else could do What I mean to, here, no man but me Could hope to defeat this monster. In his youth, Beowulf is a great warrior, characterized predominantly by his feats of strength and courage, including his fabled swimming match against Breca. Hrothgar The aging king of the Danes welcomes Beowulf's assistance in facing the menace of Grendel.
To defeat him, an opponent must be superior in hand-to-claw combat. The Dragon Another evil principle. After a Geat slave steals from his treasure, he goes on a rampage. Sound a little too amazing to be true? The poet suggests that Beowulf's fixation with doing his feats of strength in the most elaborate way possible is actually finding favor with God. Naegling Beowulf won this sword in a fight between the Geats and the Frisians. Maybe it's his bravery, maybe it's his fearlessness, maybe it's his trust in God's ability to decide his fate, but Beowulf is definitely doing something right.
Rather than a conscious choice, the battle can also be interpreted as a matter in which Beowulf has very little choice or free will at all. It is the site both of many happy festivals and many sorrowful funerals. Do you know anybody who, no matter how easy they could make things for themselves, just needs to do it the difficult way every single time? He attacks Heorot after hearing the sounds of revelry there. He's strong and brave, and he keeps his word. He is hero of the Geats who defeats Grendel and his Ogress mother. He was killed by Finn. Sometimes, his arrogance is more obvious, like when he insists on being honored and remembered as a national hero.
To study the ogre's approach, Beowulf allows Grendel to attack and devour another of the Geats when the descendant of Cain enters Heorot that night. Heorot This is the hall that Hrothgar builds in celebration of his reign. Beowulf's reputation spreads in the last third of the poem. His raids throughout the countryside lead to a battle with Beowulf, the king's last. A fiery dragon terrorizes the countryside because a lone Geat fugitive has stolen a golden flagon from the dragon's treasure-trove. When he arrives in Hrothgar's kingdom, the hero of the epic is still a very young man. He is voiced by the late Peter Ustinov.
Beowulf is one of those stories that most teachers assign but few students really understand. Existence attested by other sources. She comes to Heorot seeking vengeance for the death of her son. Wiglaf This is Beowulf's kinsman through Ecgtheow's family, the Waegmundings. But Beowulf's real fatal flaw is his hubris. It is unable to cut her, however, so Beowulf discards it.
Like Hrothgar, however, his peace in his declining years is shattered by a menacing monster. Like Beowulf, these heroes are also available at a moment's notice, loyal and fierce fighters against evil. Literature Guides Beowulf Characters and Analysis Beowulf The epic hero or protagonist. Once you find your worksheet, click on pop-out icon or print icon to worksheet to print or download. The rebuttal is an enormous success; before he ever faces Grendel, Beowulf proves that he is a man to be reckoned with. Heardred Despite Beowulf's support, the young king, son of Hygelac and Hygd, is killed in a feud. Beowulf He is a thane of the Geat king Hygelac and eventually becomes King of the Geats.
When the ogre reaches for his next victim, he receives the shock of his life. In fact, all the action scenes are stunning in 3D, particularly the climactic battle with a top-notch, fire belching monster of a dragon. The truth is this: when the going was heavy in those high waves, I was the strongest swimmer of all. Grendel's mother Although not as powerful as her son, she is a formidable foe. Beowulf's Character Flaws Beowulf is depicted as a great guy.
Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon Values For the Anglo-Saxons, life was harsh. There are a great many characters in Beowulf ranging from historical people such as to purely mythological. Upon his death he is given a remarkable burial at sea. Her brother and her son were both killed in a war with the Frisians at Finnesburh. As you'll probably notice when you check out the , mortality and death are constantly on the mind of the poet who wrote Beowulf. These first two challenges show the valiant nature of Beowulf. He was a highly intelligent being, possibly smarter than the humans living in his time period.
The poem suggests that, by sacrificing himself, Beowulf unnecessarily leaves his people without a king, exposing them to danger from other tribes. Beowulf's Defeat After, Beowulf defeats Grendel, he gets into an ugly battle with Grendel's mother, who is possibly a more vicious opponent than her son. Beowulf: Epic Hero Beowulf, Prince of the Geats, has many fine qualities. This last challenge allows Beowulf to show his maturity. He is often confused with the hero of the poem.
Beating at my sword blade, would be helpless. The final battle which completes the epic cycle of the hero from his early rise, his time of triumph and rule, to his final fall and death. In the 2007 movie, he spoke in Olde English and was an immature, simple creature, doting towards his mother, although he was also short-tempered, vengeful and never showed compassion to anyone smaller or weaker than himself. He has lived with military victory and led his people to a time of peace. Some critics feel that, despite the warnings by Hrothgar, pride and age have brought down the epic hero. Later in the night, Grendel sneaks in and begins eating Beowulf's men.