John Green’s Beowulf: A Review

John Green’s Beowulf: A Review

John Green’s Beowulf: A Review BY sculpts In the scene of the novel where Beowulf passes after fighting the dragon, he expresses some of his feelings in his conversation with Walla. The main theme throughout the novel Is heroism, and In Beowulf final words it shows that he had made the appropriate changes to truly be labeled as a hero. The whole novel Is about Beowulf proving himself as hero at all the necessary stages and maintaining the values of a hero while trying to conquer his different challenges.

From warrior to king e sought to be an acceptable and upstanding champion for the people who he was supposed to be servicing. On his death bed Beowulf doesn’t dwell on the fact that he never had an Eire nor does he voice any regrets, he takes pride in the fact that he was a good leader for his people and that he was upstanding in God’s eyes. When Beowulf finally passes, and Wiling reprimands the men who were supposed to assist them in defeating the dragon, he shows what separates his king from regular men.

He is truly a hero because he never failed his people, and he was always determined to fulfill his duty. In his old age he was more than willing to go battle the dragon, he does what he has to, but never out of self interest only for the protection and the good of his others. The basic definition oaf hero In literature Is exemplified by the character of Beowulf, and his death only magnifies the view on him as so. As he talks about his accomplishments and about how he serviced his the Danes, you notice that Beowulf passing is calm and graceful.

The dragon had ended his life in such a violent way, but he never seemed to be focused on the pain. The author tells of the blood coming from his neck like rain, but upon his final moments Beowulf doesn’t comment on it. I don’t believe the death was depicted to be graceful in order to be seen as a reward for being a hero, but to show content, and to protest the theme of heroism by showcasing the life of a hero as fulfilling on a personal level. Many would look at the rusting of the gold as a sign that Beowulf wasted his legacy, but they should really look at his reaction.

When he found out that the Jewels his life was Just taken for were had lost their luster, he still admired them. Not because the riches were still pleasing to the eye, but because he had Just done a great thing In the name of the Danes and that was more valuable than the jewels. A concept that usually accompanies works themed around heroism is the journey of the hero, where the character goes under some transformation. The scene of his passing finalizes Beowulf journey as a hero. Beowulf was always accepted as a hero but you could see throughout the poem the maturity of his heroism.

From thane to king, he respected the role he was socially obligated to act in. As a thane, he was accustomed to be the champion and conquered, and collecting the the riches as payment from the kings. When Beowulf became king of the Danes he was not selfish, knowing he still possessed great abilities in battle he rewarded the thanes for going out and gaining victories he could gain himself. Of course that is until he saw that some one was needed to vanquish the dragon, he basically gave himself as a sacrifice for the glory of his couture.

Death scenes are crucial points In any work, because death Is a dramatic event hat the reader is really going to look into. So when an author focuses on a certain theme in a death scene, it’s probably crucial and the basis to the work. In the scene of a Beowulf death the author focuses on his life as a hero. There were multiple themes along the way, but only one really was paired with such a popularizing event like the death of the main character. It’s safe to say that the theme of heroism was one if not the most important theme that the author intended for the readers to draw from the epic poem Beowulf.