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The vicious monster, Grendel, crouched down rubbing his grimy hands together, his yellow eyes gleaming, plotting his next attack on the innocent citizens of Heorot. What is his motivation? Is it instinct? Blood thirst? In the case of the sea monsters, that Beowulf slayed in his swimming match with Breca, is their motivation the same as what fuels Grendel and his mother 's hatred? This idea of evil could present a foreshadow of malice and scorn, both of which play parts in the poem, Beowulf. Racing through the waters, neck and neck are Beowulf and Breca. A hostile creature lies below awaiting a human appetizer. He roars and shoots out of the crest of the wave to make a snap at Beowulf. Beowulf turns and strikes at the hideous monster only…show more content…
Beowulf was triumphant, "then an extraordinary/ wail arose, and bewildering fear/ came over the Danes" (page 53 lines 781-783). The Cain descendent shrunk and crawled back to his swampy, revolting place of a home where he lay in the water and slowly drifted into a permanent sleep. What caused Grendel to encompass all of his evil and pure disgust? You wonder, what has nature brought upon us now? That now is dependent upon Grendel 's mother, seeking revenge. She is so atrocious, malicious, and repugnant she does not even have her own "title". Known only as Grendel 's mother, she chastens her son 's brutal death by coveting in the destruction of the Danes. Driven by pure insanity, she trekked up to the Dane castle with only one thought in mind, vengeance. "Her onslaught was less/ only by as much as an amazon warrior 's/ strength is less than an armed man 's/ when the hefted sword, its hammered edge/ and gleaming blade slathered in blood,/ razes the sturdy boar-ridge off a helmet/" (page 91 lines 1282-1287). Unfortunately for the Danes, Beowulf was elsewhere and many soldiers perished. She retrieved her only son 's hand and stormed off to the mere, awaiting Beowulf 's presence to once and for all repay her dues. Beowulf, as noble as he was, went to the mere along with many brave soldiers. He dove into the muddy swamp and was once again victorious. "Then he saw a blade that boded well,/ a sword in her armoury, an ancient heirloom/ from the
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