Paige Darby Honors English 12 Unit 1 Portfolio Assignment
The Battle with the Dragon
The heinous, grotesque winged-beast infiltrated Beowulf's kingdom. Exhaling flames and smoke from a gaping black hole surrounded by two monstrous jaws. The atrocious creature had no intent of sparing any mortal being. The cinders left in the wreckage of his wake remained, illuminating the fateful, dark night. Satisfied with the destruction, he fled, abandoning the burnt down homes.
While the ferocious beast returned to his barbaric den to secure his treasured sanctuary; Beowulf returned to his throne only to be informed of the nasty turmoil the dragon had brought upon his loyal people. Beowulf felt defeated, as though he had committed a crime against God. He was overcome with misery by failing to protect his people.
Farewell, my friends.
Suddenly, Beowulf realized what he had to do. The noble king knew he must sacrifice himself by slaying the evil dragon in order to achieve peace for his people and honor his kingdom. With his mind racing, he demanded a shield made of solid iron, for no other material could withstand the catastrophic battle ahead. Beowulf was determined to avenge the lives of the lost.
Beowulf looked back on all of his heroic deeds. There were fights where the odds of survival looked bleak, however, Beowulf defeated these odds, shattering the overwhelming disadvantage he had in not surviving. The great hero Beowulf had slain Grendel and his despicable mother, surely he could defeat this awful demon.
Bidding a heroic farewell to each and every one of his loyal followers, Beowulf had set off to fulfill his long awaited destiny. His heart held no fear. Beowulf, sounding rather haughty in the process, expressed how only he could defeat this monster, he had been chosen for this divine death.
Beowulf approached the dragon's lair, released an ear piercing shriek, and lashed out. The battle was decided before it even began, neither party to survive. The dragon, split in half, had slowly passed away. Beowulf, with blood oozing out of his wounded neck as the life gently started leaving his body, could die happy knowing he had died an epic hero.
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