Paper: A Comparison and Contrast of the Battles in Beowulf

Beowulf draws the sword and swings it at Grendel's mother taking off her head. After he killed her, he went looking for Grendel and when he found him lying dead in a corner he cuts off Grendel's head too. The third battle takes place back in Geatland where Beowulf lives. This battle takes place because of a dragon that has been menacing Beowulf's kingdom. When Beowulf goes to battle with the dragon, he knows that he needs to use a shield and sword because of the dragon's fiery breath, the shield however begins to melt as the dragon spits out his fiery breath. The sword proves useless also because he could not drive the sword in deep enough to do damage before it broke. Beowulf now seems to be fighting against fate and he cannot beat the dragon alone. Now Wiglaf takes part in the story because of all of Beowulf's soldiers, the only remaining one is Wiglaf. Wiglaf draws his sword, takes his shield, and runs to aid his king. Together they slay the dragon, but Beowulf has been mortally wounded. Beowulf fights in all of the battles but he confronts a different opponent every time. He also always kills whomever he fights and only in the last battle, his enemy possesses the ability to wound him. Beowulf also fights each of his foes in a different place and each time for a different reason. The two monsters and the dragon that he fights all stand for the evil and the ugliness in the world while Beowulf stands for the good in the world. The last difference deals with the weapons that Beowulf uses. At the beginning, he needs only his hands and brute strength to kill Grendel but later on, he needs a sword from the giants to kill Grendel's mother. In the end, he needs someone else to help him kill the dragon. Fate plays a key part in the battles in whether or not Beowulf wins. In the beginning when fate teams up with Beowulf he does not need the weapons, but the more prideful Beowulf gets the more fate leaves his side....