Deficiencies Of Mankind As Monsters In Beowulf

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Deficiencies of Mankind as Monsters These monsters that Beowulf encounters in Heaney’s translation of Beowulf symbolize some of the many imperfections of mankind they are both simple and devastating as they ultimately bring their demise. To begin with, Grendel represents the effects of isolation from others; His motives of attacking Heorot are that he was bothered by the constant commotion caused by the mead-hall. He is bothered by the commotion as he has lived his life as an outcast as stated “... he dwelt for a time/ in misery among the banished monsters/, Cain’s clan, whom the creator had outlawed/ and condemned as outcasts” (Heaney 4-7). Grendel’s fate made it so that he would never be accepted into other communities. His connections to Cain also detain him from interactions with other communities. One could argue that he could have fought fate and attempted to change as Cal Trask from East of Eden attempted to. His identification as an outcast detained him from interacting with any community especially since he was a giant ,a creation of Cain, in an era of humans. In the poem, it states that Grendel attacked Heorot because it disturbed him. “It harrowed him/to hear the din of the loud banquet/ everyday in the hall, the harp being struck/ and the clear song of a skilled poet…” (87-90). This clarifies the fact that Grendel attacked Heorot since it housed commotion and interaction between others. This act shows that Grendel prefers isolation from others or simply

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