Forces Of Evil In Beowulf

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The Forces of Evil in Beowulf In Heaney’s Beowulf, Beowulf has to fight three large forces of evil that terrorize the citizens and himself in order to restore the balance between good and evil. The first example of a force of evil in Beowulf is the monster Grendel. Before Beowulf shows up in Denmark, Grendel has been terrorizing the mead hall there, killing the men who guarded it, “the God-cursed brute was creating havoc: he grabbed thirty thirty men from their resting places and rushed to his lair” (Heaney 121-123). Grendel continues terrorizing the Danes for twelve winters before any sort of help shows up. When Beowulf shows up to the Danish lands, he waits for Grendel to strike before making his move to fend himself from Grendel’s brutishness, “His talon was raised to attack Beowulf/ He was bearing in with open claws when the alert hero’s comeback forestalled him utterly” (745-748). Grendel was ready to strike down Beowulf where he rest but Beowulf was able to protect himself from his vicious attacks. After Grendel was slain by Beowulf, the balance was shifted towards the good and Beowulf is showered with praise after defeating a large force of evil: “You have won renown: you are known to all men far and near, now and forever” (1221-1222). After defeating the beast that no one else could that had terrorized the people for many winters and restoring balance, King Hrothgar compensates Beowulf with glory and riches. Another example of a force of evil in Beowulf is
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