Grendel as Evil If Beowulf is the force of good in this epic, Grendel is the embodiment of evil. This reflection of Beowulf's own virtues is the main reason the aged and dying Beowulf named the young warrior king with his dying breath. Still, this tone contradicts some of the events that play out in the epic. He is a descendant of Cain and like Cain is an outcast of society. Beowulf fights these creatures to defend the Danes, a group of people who mainly value honor, among other ideas.
In the majority of everyday life situations, people tend to react a certain way through human instinct. It's not just Grendel's ancestry that makes him evil; Grendel's actions are evil as well. As in scholar Jane C. In Beowulf: A new telling by Robert Nye, Beowulf is a classic hero. Beowulf's Virtues Beowulf's strength gives him his fighting talent and makes him a formiddable warrior and, eventually, a respected king. Grendel's lair is dark and gray, and he only hunts at night, in darkness. A monster from the depths who consumes humans as a daily diet and strives to find a meaning in life.
The manuscripts date back to about 1000 A. The heroic ethos is a set of values that prioritize and glorify the valor of an individual. When the first English monks heard the story, they took it upon themselves to write it down and add a bit of their own thoughts. He gives a long speech to the Geats with kind words. How we harness that power, whether for good or evil, oppression or liberation, changes everything. One of these things, as far as anyone ever can discern, looks like a woman; the other, warped in the shape of a man, moves beyond the pale bigger than any man, an unnatural birth called Grendel by country people in former days.
As the story moves, the reader cannot mistake the roles being played, based on the characterizations in the epic, one recognizes each character for their purpose and place. In the story, while Grendel's man-eating habits dehumanize him, he exhibits human life habits and may have mastered certain human arts Parks 4. Beowulf takes it upon himself to announce several great deeds that he will perform to help countries in need. This instinct will portray one to be a wonderfully pleasant or extremely pusillanimous human being. He does this because he wants to die with glory and this is a way to die in glory because he is dying trying to protect the people which is an act of good.
One characteristic that serves as a very important foundation for an epic poem is incorporating universal themes, such as goodness versus evil good superhuman hero versus the wild supernatural demon. The epic story was thought to originate from an oral background as traditional folk tale, yet this has been questioned for debate. Beowulf Lines 1345-1357: Hrothgar is speaking about the demon Grendel and his mother, who are descendants of Cain. Through his journey, a depiction of the forces of good and evil is revealed. The poem was created in oral tradition and was transferred to writing over time.
What I mean by this statement is that although good and evil are two very separate things, they could not exist without each other. While leadership is learned, the skills and knowledge processed by the leader are influenced by their traits, such as beliefs, values, ethics, and most importantly character. Overall, Beowulf represents good because he tries to protect all the people and he never tries to cause harm to anyone. Throughout the epic, the Anglo-Saxon author uses many elements to build a certain depth to the characters. Beowulf: the Concept of Good and Evil Although it was written thousands of years ago, the famous epic, Beowulf, still remains one of the most turned to hero tails in the world. Not liking your neighbors is one thing, but why does Grendel insist on snacking on the people at Hrothgar's place, Heorot Hall? While leadership is learned, the skills and knowledge processed by the leader are influenced by their traits, such as beliefs, values, ethics, and most importantly character.
On the one hand, Unferth has committed fratricide killed his brother - the ultimate sin in a world where a man's allegiance to his clan and tribe are everything. This poem is considered as an epic because it is a long narrative poem which composed in an elevated style, dealing with the glories of hero Tolkien 24. Lesson Summary Beowulf is certainly an epic of good versus evil. And this masterpiece reflects the time in which it was written, allowing the reader deeper cognizance of that time. The monsters, including Grendel, his mother, and the dragon, all embody evil, and in fighting and defeating them, Beowulf is working to save not only the monsters' victims but the whole of humanity.
Your piercing eye will dim and darken; and death will arrive, dear warrior, to sweep you away. There are many symbols that represent good in Beowulf. This he laid on Beowulf's lap and then rewarded him with land as well, seven thousand hides, and a hall and a throne. A sense of relief and peace returns, as hell receives Grendel's body. English Saxons additionally trusted in the idea of destiny, called wyrd. Evil For a hero, every fight has a challenge and carries significance. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1998.
The qualities that make it a true epic are its relevance between the forces of good versus evil, the vital elements of a cultural representation, and the overall appearance that it appears larger-than life. They let down their king and represent the evil in men. Beowulf Lines 1584-1590: After killing Grendel's mother with his sword, Beowulf cuts the dead Grendel's head off before presenting it to Hrothgar. Throughout the story the songs that Kino hears in his head reveals to him on an instinctual level of a person or thing's true nature. Even though he sacrifices himself, the evil dragon is killed in the end.