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Beowulf 2

There are a two heroic acts that Beowulf accomplished that characterize him as being noble. One

example of these acts is his altruistic behavior through out his life.When beowolf heard that the

great king hrothgar and his knights were being attacked by the evil monster Grendel. Without even

asking king hrothgar what was in it for him Beowolf got up and took 14 of his men and sailed on a

ship to king hrothgar's palace to face the evil monster Grendel in hand to hand combat. Beowolf told

the king that he will leave his fate to god and if god wants him killed Grendel will kill him.If god

doesn't want him to die beowolf will come out victorios in killing Grendel.

The king liked Beowolf's noble words and wished him luck.Beowolf without hesitation laid

down in the line of knights to wait for Grendel to strike. This part of the story shows that Beowolf is

not completly moral because he lets some knights be killed by Grendel before he attacks. Beowulf

and Grendel fight and the monster's arm is ripped off causing a slow and painful death.Even though

Beowolf didn't do this heroic and noble act for the reward ing Hrothgar gave him a sword and eight

horses with golden cheek plates.

The second act of Beowolf's conflict with grendel showing his nobility is not with Gredel

himself but with Grendels mother. After Grendel was killed his mother was very angry and killed a

knight in king Hrothgar's court the same way her son had. King Hrothgar was very disturbed by this

and didn't know what to do. He called for Beowolf and told him of a dangerous swamp where

Grendel and his mother lived. The king also said that no one would go into the swamp to kill

Grendel's mother. The noble Beowolf answered Quickly "sorow not O King! I will persue this

monster where ever it may go and i will kill it". They went to the swamp and Beowolf dived deep into

the water not at all fearing what ever awaited him at the bottom. This shows that he is courages. He

battled with Grendel's mother and beat her. Beowolf and the king celabrated all night and in the

morning Beowolf told king Hrothgar goodbye and said to call for him if he ever needed help again.

Throughout the entire story Beowulf acts courageously without thinking of himself, helping

other people and rescuing then from great dangers. His noble character has been preserved in these


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