The passage I chose was Beowulf's fight with Grendal's mother, which to me was the most exciting. During this underwater fight, the second of his three fights, Beowulf and his adversary continually battle throughout her home. Although the conflict seems unrealistic because of the location, it makes the battle even more thrilling and suspenseful. For this and several more reasons, the battle between Beowulf and Grendal's mother is the most exciting episode in this brilliant epic.
The battle begins when Beowulf travels for many hours underwater to take revenge against Grendal's mother the day after she carried of one of Hrothgar's men. Beowulf and she proceed to fight until her miserable death in her own home. When Beowulf was almost to the point of death, he grabbed a giant sword of the wall and slew Grendal's mother. To me, this entire fight is very unrealistic. The sword, ...view middle of the document...
When Beowulf took the sword down, I could actually see the sword in my head. As I thought of it, I could just see the blood dripping of the razor-sharp blade.
To me, this episode was extremely emotional. The entire time I was reading this I had several different emotions. While Beowulf was making his long journey underwater and using the giants' sword, I was very skeptical that he could do those things, but soon remembered that he was no ordinary human being. As Grendal's In Beowulf, the hero from which this poem takes its name fights battle after battle; proving his heroism and ridding his people of the evil which disrupts their lives by physically battling it. Three specific encounters of this sort occur in the poem: Beowulf's battle with Grendel, with Grendel's mother, and with the dragon. In each battle, it seems as if Beowulf has a slightly different motivation for fighting, although the reasons why this change of motivation happens are left somewhat unclear. There are several possible reasons: perhaps Beowulf's hubris is a part of it, or maybe material rewards such as treasure affect his motivations. It may be that the cause for which he fights changes. Also, it is possible that Beowulf begins to realize his impact when he fights, and, in this way, gains a perspective on the situation. It appears that Beowulf's motivation for being a hero and battling evil are a combination of both selfish and selfless reasons.
In Beowulf's first confrontation, which is against Grendel, it appears that Grendel is challenge to face both physically and as a way of proving Beowulf's heroism to Hrothgar and his kingdom. It is very essential that Beowulf proves himself to Hrothgar. This is because previously, Beowulf's father had done a great deal of fighting for the people. Now, Beowulf's proving himself is almost a test, which he must pass so that the honor that was afforded his family in his father's time may be continued. In his initial boast, Beowulf speaks a great deal of his fame and status among other kingdoms so that Hrothgar might gain more trust in him.