Beowulf Art Analysis

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There are two well-known sayings that states " A picture is worth a thousand words", and "Art is an emotion". Beowulf features a lot of artwork that could invoke, such a strong emotional response from its viewer. The picture that was chosen for this descriptive essay is of Beowulf firmly holding and twisting Grendel's arm, as his face looks fatigued, yet fierce and determined, which is definitely worth a thousand words.

This artwork was drawn to represent the fight between Beowulf the story's main protagonist and the terrifying monster, named Grendel; and one of the many challenges that Beowulf faces throughout the story. In the story, Beowulf encounters Grendel in the mead-hall. At the end of the battle Beowulf proceeds to rip Grendel's arm out of his socket. "The monster's whole body was in pain, a tremendous wound appeared on his shoulder. Sinews split and the bone-lapping's burst. Beowulf was granted the glory of winning; Grendel was driven under the fen-banks, fatally hurt, to his desolate lair. "(814-820)

Although, the viewer of the artwork is not physically there to smell what the mead-hall smells like during the battle between Beowulf and Grendel, one can assume that smell was petrifying. The artwork shows that Grendel has a scaly body, which smelt revolting, and that no human could withstand the smell of the ungodly monster. One could also assume, that Beowulf had the same appalling, rotting fish smell as the repulsive monster. Since, both

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