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Beowulf-the three divisions

The epic poem, Beowulf, is composed of three main divisions, and they each possess their own significance toward the outcome of the hero’s life. Each division of the poem contains a battle or struggle in which Beowulf had to overcome insurmountable odds if order to obtain victory. As Beowulf conquered his enemies, he became a distinguished hero, and was known throughout the world for his bravery and courage.
The first main division begins on line 86, where we begin to learn about Hrothgar’s struggles with Grendel, “a powerful demon, a prowler through the dark … a fiend from hell.” It ends on line 1250 after Hrothgar rewards Beowulf for saving Heorot from the monster’s constant night attacks. In this first division, Beowulf proves himself as a great warrior to Hrothgar, and gains the respect of the Danes. It is significant because it establishes a background of Beowulf for the reader, as well as, demonstrating his characteristics in battle.
The second main division begins with the vengeful night attack from Grendel’s mother, and the killing of one of Hrothgar’s head mentors, Aeschere. Once again Beowulf is ready to battle with a great monster in order to save Hrothgar and his people. He proves himself to be a brave and courageous warrior again, when he and several others journey to the lake where the monster dwells, and he single-handedly kills her. And as a tribute to Aeschere, Beowulf brings back the head of Grendel for Hrothgar. When the monster was defeated and Heorot was safe again, Hrothgar showered Beowulf and his followers with many esteemed gifts to bring back to their king, Hygelac. This second tale truly established Beowulf as a distinguished hero, and earned him great respect in the land of the Danes. This great feat also gained him respect in his own land, and Hygelac presented Beowulf with a gem-studded sword, land, a hall and a throne for his courageous deeds.

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