Beowulf : A Great Warrior Essay

802 Words Apr 13th, 2016 4 Pages
Throughout the epic, Beowulf ages fifty-plus years. He goes to several battles, becomes a great warrior, establishes a name for himself, and eventually becomes king of the Geats. In order for Beowulf to establish an identity and prove to his people that he is trustworthy, he fought in a series of battles including Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon. He claims to have the strength of thirty men in one arm and often gives gifts of great measure. He proves, time and time again, that he is an exceptional warrior, as he brought and maintained peace between the Geats and the Danes, but often shows wlenco. This character “flaw” exudes through Beowulf’s character in many different instances, such as the swimming contest with Breca, the battle with Grendel, and with the dragon. Wlenco can be considered good or bad, but in Beowulf’s case, it ultimately brings about his downfall. Breca is a childhood friend of Beowulf’s that challenged him to a swimming match. They both set out into the sea, fully armored and with swords. The match was said to have lasted five nights. In the middle of the match, a great storm broke out. The storm washed Breca away from Beowulf, and eventually onto the shore of his homeland. Shortly after the men were separated, Beowulf was confronted by nine nicors. In Heorot, Unferth actually addresses Beowulf’s wlenco. He asks, “Are you the Beowulf who took on Breca in a swimming match on the open sea, risking the water just to prove that you could…

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