Don't forget to hit the Like and Subscribe videos to make sure you receive notifications about upcoming Literature, Grammar, Reading, Writing, and World History lessons from MrBrayman. He swings his sword, but only gives the dragon a minor cut. Only Wiglaf stays loyal and rushes to help his king. Grendel retreats to his home in the marshes and dies, leaving Beowulf victorious and Heorot free from the terror of Grendel. I circulate throughout the classroom periodically to check their progress.
No longer the young warrior who defeated Grendel with his bare hands, he prepares for what he knows will be his last battle. The servant who stole the cup leads them to the lair. It's really a very morbid poem, in fact. Let's read the part where Beowulf is reminiscing, or thinking about the days of his youth. He realizes that the dragon bite is venomous and that he is dying. The next morning, Hrothgar, Beowulf, and a retinue of Scyldings and Geats follow the mother's tracks into a dark, forbidding swamp and to the edge of her mere.
But this last battle will be completely different from the ones before, and it spells the end for our epic hero. The dragon charges again and a wall of fire rains down on Wiglaf and Beowulf. In fact, the two swimmers were separated by a storm on the fifth night of the contest, and Beowulf had slain nine sea monsters before finally returning to shore. But there is another option to use. Wiglaf, in this section, establishes himself as the legitimate successor to Beowulf, who has no natural heir. Many writers and artists depict Grendel as a demonic monster.
In a life filled with uncertainty and violence, these fighters must accept that everyone shares the same fate — death. He recalls a number of battles he has seen as he travels to the dragon's lair with eleven of his thanes. Not all men had the same values as Beowulf and jumped at the first chance to run away. Beowulf's final and most heroic battle was with the dragon. Immediately, Beowulf feels the poison on the tusk. Exclusive Medieval Articles — Beowulf: Recognizing the Past.
Hrothgar's minstrel sings songs of Beowulf and other great characters of the past, including who slew a dragon and who ruled his kingdom unwisely and was punished. Some students use the reader response as a review of what they know about the text by explaining their opinions, then return to text-dependent questions to confirm their understanding. As they wait, the Danes have given up all hope for Beowulf because he has been underwater for such a long time. This is foreshadowing the final battle, the final conflict in our epic poem. This vow, too, reminds us of the young Beowulf, who is so eloquent in enunciating the code of honor and so perfectly epitomizes its values.
The blow is fatal, and the writhing serpent withers. During the height of the celebration, the Danish queen comes forth, bearing the mead-cup. . The cursed treasure is looked upon by Beowulf, but not possessed by him. This may be Beowulf's last battle but this battle shows us more loyalty towards your king and shows us a true hero who puts his people first.
Everything is going to happen as God wills it. He expects to die a hero for what he has accomplished in his life. Beowulf is immediately engulfed in flame. This heroic act deserves immense respect and glory. This battle is very different than the earlier ones, and Beowulf needs the help of his men. Only one, Wiglaf, feels enough loyalty to come to the aid of his king.
He chooses not to raise an army to fight the dragon, believing that he is equal to the task since he has overcome so many dangers in his life, including defeating Grendel. This is actually a physiological reaction that happens when we are in a dangerous situation. The narrator explains that Beowulf is fated to have bad luck with edged weapons in battle because he's too strong and his powerful strokes are too much for the weapons to bear. A fiery dragon has become enraged because a lone fugitive has inadvertently discovered the dragon's treasure-trove and stolen a valuable cup. When a king dies, his people become vulnerable to the marauding forces beyond their borders. The dragon has been defeated, and the last battle is finished. But this battle is unlike the earlier battles Beowulf faced as a young warrior, and the outcome is very different than his earlier triumphs.
In addition, the dragon is also the embodiment of universal evil, with Beowulf has to fight. As the Geats leave, Hrothgar finds himself wishing Beowulf would never leave. Students are often upset at the abrupt ending to the poem and require independent time to sort through the complex nature of the plot and its language. Beowulf is close to being defeated. Students need time to make sense of the last three sections of Beowulf because there is a large jump in time in the text to where Beowulf has already returned to his homeland and ruled there as king for 50 years. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. The last, however, takes place in Beowulf's own country, the land of the Geats, when Beowulf is an old king.