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How did Beowulf overcome the frightful monster?

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utau123 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 23, 2011 at 1:29 AM via web

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How did Beowulf overcome the frightful monster?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 23, 2011 at 9:03 AM (Answer #1)

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In the Epic Poem Beowulf, Beowulf is described as the typical Epic Hero. Given that Beowulf possess the many characteristics of the Anglo-Saxon hero, he has the ability to defeat the monster Grendel.

Epic heroes, like Beowulf, must possess many different qualities which the society deems great and, therefore, qualifies a man as a hero. This being said, of the many characteristics which make Beowulf a hero, the two characteristics which allow Beowulf to defeat Grendel are 1)the conflict must be with a being of equal or greater ability (no fame comes from defeating a weak opponent) and 2)his decision to fight Grendel without weaponry given Grendel possess and carries no weapons.

In the end, Beowulf takes the arm of Grendel as a trophy, and confirmation, of his vanquishing the beast known for tormenting the people of Hrothgar's kingdom.

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longwinded | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted August 23, 2011 at 1:55 AM (Answer #2)

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Grendel takes the shape of defeat after Beowuld shorns off Grendel's arm from his shoulder. It is then he retreats to his mire to die, returning nevermore.

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