The theme of the epic poem Beowulf
Also Beowulf kills a dragon and gets killed by the dragon. The most important theme of the great epic poem Beowulf is ‘death. ‘ By the death of the enemy, characters in the poem earn pride and dignity. The poem is about a hero from the land of the Seats to help the kingdom of Danes. Danes have a place called Horror, a huge mead-hall, and one night without warning, Grenade attacks the hall, because of his Jealousy of human society. Grenade is a hideous monster, similar to a troll or an ogre.
He envies the fellowship and happiness he sees; he hates living the fens, excluded from the company of men; so, he stalks the moors, Jealous of the pleasure of mankind. Heartthrob, the King of Danes, Is old and physically unable to avenge the deaths of his thanes. When Beowulf hears about Hoarder’s situation, he decides to help him by fighting with Grenade. First he fights with Grenade in the Horror when he attacks the hall. Beowulf cracks one of the Grenade’s arms free of its socket, ripping sinews and tearing muscles.
Grenade runs away and Beowulf follows his bloody trail but does not find the dead body of Grenade. Horror is rebuilt and redecorated removing all the marks of Grenade’s attack. King Heartthrob thanks Beowulf for killing Grenade. One night, Grenade’s mother attacks Horror and takes one of Hoarder’s thanes. Beowulf goes to the Grenade’s mother’s home – a boiling, bloody pool – and kills her. He sees Grenade’s body laying In the cave and cuts off his head with the magic.
King Heartthrob thanks and awards Beowulf with gold and Jewelry, and Beowulf goes back to the Seats. Years pass, and one of the Seats steals an ornamented cup from the hoard of a dragon who has peacefully but zealously, protected his vast treasure for three hundred years. The dragon seeks vengeance, ravaging the countryside and spewing fire, burning any and everything. Beowulf decides to fight the dragon. Filled with righteous and heroic anger, Beowulf goes to the dragon’s cave. He kills the dragon, but not before being fatally wounded by the dragon.
When the dragon emerges from his cave, Beowulf tries to fend off the dragon’s scorching breath but his shield is only a little protection. He strikes the dragon with his sword but he miscalculates and falls to pierce the dragon’s vital Innards and spews such intense flame that Beowulf winces at the searing heat. The dragon coils blood, but he continues to fight with the dragon. Beowulf pulls out a razor-sharp eager and delivers the deathblow, ripping open the dragon’s entrails with the assistance of Wigwag.
Throughout the poem, there are many bloody deaths of thanes, monsters, and courageous heroes. Death occurs to all the living creatures. But there are many different ways of death such as death by accident, by sickness, and by others. When Beowulf dies, it is an heroic death which we cannot see in the modern human society. The most important theme of the story would be ‘heroic death. ‘ The death of a hero, who revenges the sadness of his people, has to hit them hard. Everything he stood for that they believed in is now gone with him.