While growing up, I’ve always been fascinated with heroes, which is one reason why I am going into the marines growing up. Beowulf is a hero that have recently studied in my English class who puts his own life in danger for the well-being of other people. Beowulf is also an interesting epic poem to read, that was orally told at first and passed down through generations until eventually it was written down by a monk and recorded so it would never be forgotten or told differently. Furthermore, people could also read it wherever they were. Beowulf exemplifies the archetypal hero in several ways. First, he is on a quest. Then he is a strong and responsible leader. Also he performs brave deeds, and lastly he is ethical.
While the Danes retire to safer sleeping quarters, Beowulf and the Geats bed down in Heorot fully aware that Grendel will visit them. He was angered by the joy of the men in the mead-hall. The ogre furiously bursts in on the Geats, killing one and then reached for Beowulf. With the strength of 30 men in his hand-grip, Beowulf seizes the ogre's claw and doesn’t let go. The ensuing battle nearly destroys the great hall, but Beowulf emerges victorious as he rips Grendel's claw from its shoulder socket. Sending the mortally wounded beast fleeing to his mere. The claw trophy hangs high under the roof of Heorot.
The Danes celebrate with a huge feast and had good entertainment by Hrothgar's scopa professional bard who accompanies himself on a harp and sings, chants traditional lays such as an account of the Danes victory at Finnsburh. This bard also improvises a song about Beowulf's victory. Hrothgar's wife, Queen Wealhtheow, proves to be a perfect hostess, offering Beowulf a gold collar and her gratitude. Filled with mead, wine, and great food, the entire party retires for what they expect to be the first peaceful night in years.
Grendel's mother wasn’t quite as powerful as her son but highly motivated climbs to Heorot that night retrieves her son's claw and murderously abducts one of the Scyldings while Beowulf sleeps elsewhere. 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. The slaughtered Aeschere's head sits on a cliff by the lake which hides the ogres underground cave. They carried a sword called Hrunting it was a gift from the chastised Unferth.
Near the bottom of the lake, Grendel's mother attacks and hauls the Geat warrior to her dimly lit cave. Beowulf fights back oncen he gets inside the dry cavern, Hrunting wasn’t as strongit is fails to penetrate the ogre's hide. The mother moves to kill Beowulf with her knife but his armor made by the legendary blacksmith Weland protects him. Suddenly Beowulf spots a magical giant sword and uses it to cut through the mother's spine at the…