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Beowulf Vs Grendel Essay Analysis

Beowulf vs Grendel Essay

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The roles that Beowulf and Grendel played in the story were very easily

deciphered. Beowulf being pure good, and Grendel being pure evil. One of the reasons of

why the book “Beowulf” is so well known is because of the fact that it is one of the first

stories of good vs. evil, or light vs. dark. In modern good and evil stories, there are super

heroes with super powers. They use these powers for the good of the world and to help

innocent people. In most cases there is a villain that oppose these super hero’s. They

usually have powers as well but they use it for evil and wrongdoing. They usually face

off and most of the time, the super hero wins over the villain. But none of these stories

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He has been chosen to protect the world from evil. When this story was made,

the author intended for it to be clear that Beowulf is supposed to be the hero of the story.

     Grendel was the character that played the “villain” in the book. He killed innocent

people for only the reason of that they were having a good time, and he wasn’t. He is

pure evil and kills countless people for pretty much the fun of it. He was said to be able to

pick up thirty men at a time. So no normal human could match his strength. In the book

it’s very easy to understand that Grendel is pure evil. He is called “The Captain of evil”.

It doesn’t get anymore obvious then that. Grendel is shown as a monster that cannot be

stopped. He’s a powerful force that can run through anyone and everything. But not the

Super Hero. He could never match the power of pure good. So when Grendel fought

Beowulf, Beowulf tricked him in thinking he was asleep and as soon as Grendel got near

him, Beowulf grabbed him. Once Grendel was grabbed by Beowulf, he immediately

knew that he was up against a man like non other. He franticly tried to escape and run

away. But the power of the hero and the good that ran through his veins was able to rip

the arm from the evil beast. Then Grendel ran away and bled to death. It was made very

clearly that Grendel was supposed to be the evil

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Beowulf and Grendel Essay

1654 Words7 Pages

Beowulf and Grendel

Beowulf and Grendel are actually the same stories in the fact that they are based on the same epic "Beowulf." "Beowulf", that is told of here is translated by Kevin Crossley-Holland, and there are many different translations which makes Beowulf the epic so interchangeable. Although "Beowulf" and "Grendel" seem very similar they do have many differences as well. Reading the two stories back to back gives you the impression of how many differences there are. For example, "Beowulf" is written from an outsider's point of view. "Grendel" is written from Grendel's point of view. This changes the whole perception of the book. Seeing a story written from two different points of views not only helps you to…show more content…

The stories actually differ in ways that make your feelings change about the plot. These two stories were written during the Anglo Saxon period. Anglo Saxon was also the time of Medieval England. Each story gives a good representation of this time. It is necessary to learn about this period in order to get the full impact of these stories. To understand that Medieval England was very different compared to the current time is very important before reading the two stories. In the Anglo Saxon time they had no rights for animals, they would simply slaughter them for all the food they could eat. In today's time there are animal rights. For example, there are animal rights activists. They believe that animals should not be killed for food or sport. Today's societal views would have been laughed at from the point of view of the medieval world. Today we have the luxury of being able to drive down the street, run into the grocery store, and purchase whatever food we need. The Anglo Saxon's did not have cars nor were there grocery stores. As for the Anglo Saxon's, they had to get their own food whatever way possible. That meant they had to go out and kill animals for their meat, have their own gardens in order to have. The medieval period was one of wars, fighting, and killing. In that time people were killing other people without the consequences of jail time like there is today. They would have a little trial type situation where the

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