In Raffel's translation of Beowulf the dragon protects the men from what can deceive them, but takes away the one thing they have been deceived by.The Dragon plays a very important role in the epic.He is not like other dragons from the medieval time and protects a virgin up in a tower.What was the motive for a dragon supposedly protecting a virgin from getting rescued? The dragon that is depicted in this novel does not protect a virgin, but he protects a whole hoard of gold. In the end of this epic a slave steals a cup, and the dragon takes revenge on the Geat land.Beowulf, although young, still has the obligation to protect his people from the Dragon. Beowulf fights the dragon and is slain, some may view the dragon as destroyer, others as a protector.In reality, which one does the dragon truly seem to be?
The dragon is a destroyer but a protector as well.In Beowulf's time gold is a very valuable commodity to have. Gold was used for money, trading, and to just show signs of pure wealth. The dragon protected this gold not only to have use for himself, but also to protect men from their own greedy souls. The dragon does not consciously protect this gold, but in doing so he protects not only the power of the king, but the certain civil unrest of the community in which the gold could have been found.
A slave comes to the dragon's lair and steals a cup from the dragon to take back to his master to be excepted back to the community for his wrongdoing. Upon, the dragon noticing this he suddenly becomes enraged that someone dares to steal from the lair of the dragon. "And evening came and wild with anger; It could fly burning across the land, killing and destroying everything with its breath. The sun was gone, and its heart was glad: glowing with rage; It left the tower, impatient to repay his enemies".From this passage in the book a reader can see that the dragon is no longer a protec…