Grendel

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The poem describes Grendel as a pure monstrosity. For twelve years he has plagued Hrothgar’s people; creating no sleep within the community. Many of Hrothgar’s people had been slain due to this monster. Upon having murderous intent, the Danish describe him as monster-like, bringing about the notion that he is a creature of that extent. Within the text, he is described as a demon or fiend. His physical appearance as well as actions may seem to justify his monstrosity, but it is due to the other factors such as the narrator and the two monsters that justify his connection with evil. Grendel is made evil when the narrator brings about his origin and connection with a Biblical figure, Cain. “Grendel this monster grim was called, march-riever mighty, in moorland living, in fen and fastness; fief of the giants the hapless wight a while had kept since the Creator his exile doomed. On kin of Cain was the killing avenged by Sovran God for slaughtered Abel…” Cain was punished by God because of this evil he commits, and having connected with Cain creates an evil aura around Grendel regardless of whether he could possibly be misunderstood. Adding to that, his killings do not help him. He is depicted as a monster. Shortly after Beowulf’s victory against Grendel, comes his mother. Just as Beowulf kills Grendel as an act of vengeance, Grendel’s mother comes to repay back the favor. Unlike Grendel, his mother has a reason to attack the people: Revenge. The same type of revenge Beowulf wanted against Grendel. Because she has this connection, she seems to be more human-like and less of a monster due to her reasoning capabilities. While Grendel is seen as a monstrous evil that was detrimental to the Danish society. The third creature Beowulf encounters happens to be his last. The dragon, unlike Grendel and his mother, is respected. Although feared and seen as a menace, the…...

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