Examples Of Good And Evil In Beowulf

Satisfactory Essays
Darlene Nivicela
November 3, 2017
Period 4

Good vs. Evil

When reading a passage, readers come across the author's theme of the story and get a better understanding of what's being told from the characters. Especially stories that include a villain and hero, which both demonstrate the meaning of good and evil. “The Coming of Grendel” and “The Coming of Beowulf” are great examples in understanding the theme of a villain and a hero coming across to defeat each other. The author portrays this with diction and syntax which demonstrates the theme Good vs. Evil, in other words, the characters Grendel and Beowulf demonstrate who they are and the actions that they commit. In the poem “The Coming of Grendel” discusses who Grendel
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Evil, Grendel is seen as the villain and monster in the poem. One could get a better understanding of the theme by the author's Allusion. For example, the author explains in “The Coming of Grendel” Grendel's actions and how he sees himself having this great feeling of killing people which demonstrates the side of him being evil because of the monster he is. For instance, in line 39-41, the author states “Grendel, who haunted the moors, the wild/ Marshes, and made his home in a hell/ Not hell but earth. He was spawned in that slime". Which this explains how Grendel is seen as a monster, the allusion being expressed here explains a monster but in much more detail. On the other hand many see Grendel as just a monster, but because of his actions, many are scared of him making him the evil one in the poem, which is shown in lines 56-60, “The monster’s/ Thoughts were as quick as his greed or his claws/ He slipped through the door and there in the silence/ Snatched up thirty men, smashed them/ Unknowing in their beds and ran out with their bodies, The blood dripping behind him, back/ To his lair, delighted with his night’s slaughter”. In other words, the poem shows the Evil in Grendel although he commits these action this shows him the person he is. Although, Grendel's reasoning in being evil is because he isn't treated nicely by the
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