Beowulf Poem Analysis

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Beowulf: A 1000 B.C. Poem This poem takes place in 6th century Denmark and Sweden. The Geats, which the tribe of Beowulf, inhabited the southern part of Sweden and Hrothgar, whom is the son of Healfdene. Hrothgar built this glorious mead-hall called Heorot. Hrothgar won many riches due to a war that he won and was crowned King. Beowulf doesn’t come into the story until after some time. Due to Hrothgar partying it up in his mead-hall the monster Grendel became very agitated. This aggravated monster decided to start destroying and murdering the people in the mead-hall and this routine became nightly adventure for him. It has been said that Grendel came from the biblical character Cain. It says in the Northern Anthology English Literature book, “So times were pleasant for the people there until finally one, a fiend out of hell, began to work his evil in the world. Grendel was the name of this grim demon haunting the marches, marauding round the heath and desolate fens; he had dwelt for a time in misery among the banished monsters. For the killing of Abel the Eternal Lord had exacted a price: Cain got no good from committing that murder because the Almighty made him anathema and out of that curse of his exile there sprang ogres and elves and evil phantoms and the giants too who strove with God time and again until He gave them their reward.” Although Grendel is assumed to be in the same lineage, without having a proper family history, we cannot be sure. Looking
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