Grendel, a powerful monster, living down in the darkness preys on the subjects of Herot bring death and destruction. When nightfall struck, Grendel paid a visit to the mead hall and found the warriors sleeping. Grendel "snatched up thirty men, smashed them unknowing in their beds and ran out with their bodies, The blood dripping behind him, backTo his lair, delighted with his night’s slaughter." Since Grendel lives in total darkness he envies the luxury the Danes have from the luxurious castle to the deletictable food.
Beowulf, the strongest of the Geats, sailed to the land of the Danes having heard Grendel's devilish appetite for the citizens of Herot. They reached Herot, where Wulfgar, one of the king's soldiers, escorts Beowulf to meet Hrothgar (the Danish king). Hrothgar pleads Beowulf to help defeat Grendel "You see for yourself how much smaller gour ranks have become, and can guess what we’ve lostTo his terror. Surely the Lord Almighty could stop his madness, smother his lust." When Beowulf accepts Hrothgar's call to help, Beowulf does this to repay the debt his family owes to Hrothgar showcasing the themeof loyalty.
The Battle With Grendel's Mother
Grendel came to the mead hall for another feasting, however, Beowulf and his men were ready for him. Grendel approached a still body and clutched Beowulf with his claws but he instantly knew he made a mistake. "Grendel’s one thought was to runFrom Beowulf, flee back to his marsh and hide there:This was a different Herot than the hall he had emptied." Beowulf ripped Grendel's arms off and the soldiers began to attack Grendel from all sides. Grendel knew he had to escape and so he fled to his lair where he later died in the dark and cold murky waters. In this scene, Beowulf displays a theme of Bravery but taking on Grendel with his bare hands.
Grendel's mother emerges from the depths of the cold murky lake to exact revenge for beloved son. When she reached Herot, the Danes were fast asleep in their victory. She went into another mead hall and slaughter everyone. "No female, no matterHow fierce, could have come with a man’s strength,Fought with the power and courage men fight with,Smashing their shining swords, their bloody,Hammer-forged blades onto boar-headed helmets,Slashing and stabbing with the sharpest of points," Hrothgar's closest friend to tempt Beowulf into going into her lair. Nobody had won that night and she returned with Grendel's claws. The theme in this section is represented with Grendel's mother's vengeance on the people who killed her son.
Beowulf accepts Hrothgar's mission to avenge his closest friend. Beowulf, not waiting on the sol-diers that accompanied him, jumped into the murky lake, slowly sinking through for hours. Grendel's mother had all of a sudden clutched at Beowulf dragging him into her battle-hall where they fought. A brilliant light encompass Beowulf and the she wolf as the fought. Grendel's mother chewed threw Beowulf's armor and broke his beloved sword. However, Beowulf noticed the " heavy sword, hammered by giants, strong and blessed with their magic, the best of all weapons..." Beowulf grabbed her by the neck, impaling the sword through her throat, her lifeless body fell to the floor. Despite, having the odds against him Beowulf showcases the theme of "defying the odds" he remains victorious.
As per Beowulf's request, the Geats took ten days to build Beowulf a tower to commemorate his legacy. The tower was made from sealing Beowulf's ashes into the walls "And the riches he and WiglafHad won from the dragon, rings, necklaces,Ancient, hammered armor—allThe treasures they’d taken were left there, too,Silver and jewels buried in the sandyGround, back in the earth, againAnd forever hidden and useless to men." The men then raised their swords high to mourn their beloved leader. The last theme demonstrated In this section is the "hero's code." Instead of shying away from the dangerous missions presented, Beowulf has throughout the text, fought all the monster to the best of his ability and shown no fear.