The Death of Beowulf
Kyle Rackelin, Brooke Rose, Anna Salvati, Daniel Schapker
Kennings Referring to God
Kennings Referring to Wiglaf
Kennings Referring to Beowulf
Kennings Referring to the Dragon
Kennings Referring to the Geats
Archetypes in "The Death of Beowulf" Chapter:
Beowulf definitely fits under the hero category because of his pure courage for slaying monsters and fighting any evil to protect his kingdom and people. He is so strong and mighty that some might say he is super-human. When in doubt of his weapons, he uses his bare hands to battle with any villains. During the story, he wins every fight he volunteers to go up against. But at the end of the story, his weak and older body is vulnerable against the fire breathing dragon. Although he kills the dragon, he dies too because he is terribly wounded. Even so, he definitely shows traits of being the hero of the Epic. His bravery surpasses all other warriors in the land.
"He'd reached the end of his days, their mighty/ War-king, the great lord of the Geats/ Gone to a glorious death." (868-870)
"Then Wiglaf turned and angrily told them/ what mean without courage must hear/ Wextan's brave son stared at the traitors/ His heart sorrowful…" (847-850)
Through his bravery to fight next to Beowulf and help his praised leader, Wiglaf shows tremendous trustworthiness toward his King. When the other warriors went running, Wiglaf stayed back and volunteered to help. He was Beowulf's trusty side-kick. Wiglaf stayed honorable and followed tradition by lending a hand to his beloved King and hero.
"You're the last of our far- flung family/ fate has swept our race away." (825-826)