Today in class we talked about if Beowulf had any sort of character development through out the poem, whether it was negative or positive. When we first see him, he is young and energetic and so full of himself. At the end, he still seems the same with a hint of humanity riding on his back. I wouldn’t say he had a negative development, but I also wouldn’t say he had a positive one. He is still very full of himself, still thinks he can kill anything in his path, and still is as douchy as ever. He is a very greedy man, not just with treasure or women, but with how he is portrayed. He wants to be remembered as the guy who killed Grendel and his mother, but when he dies it has been fifty years since those events, and it seems to be the only thing he talks about. He is literally taking his last breaths and still goes on a tangent about himself, like wtf. He is known as the man that has the grip of 30 men, more than a human, but less than a god ripping Grendel’s arm off like it was nothing. His other battles he used his bare arms, yet he loses that confidence when it comes to the dragon.
“I’d go in without weapons, as I always have,
if this weren’t a dragon. I’d do it like a man, kill it
barehanded, like I killed Grendel so long ago.
But mortal skin can’t contend with a flame- spitting fiend,
and so I go in sword-armed, taking shield and mail-shirt.” (page 108-109, lines 2518-2522).
He finally loses his confidence after 50 years, finally feeling the fear he had never felt with any other “obstacle” he has had, which I guess good for him for finally feeling a normal human emotion. This doesn’t excuse the shitty personality he has.