Good And Evil In The Epic Of Beowulf

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Throughout many forms of literature, a common theme that can be seen across books is that no matter how great and evil may be, good will always triumph in the end. This can be shown when a simple mistake on their part happens or when everything goes wrong for them. A similar case of this can be seen in the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf.
With this in mind the foul monster in Beowulf Grendel is known for his bloodlust from hunting down those who resided within Herot; slaughtering them whenever the sun went down for more than a decade, but even Grendel had something he feared. Even after the Grendel desecrated and abandoned Herot there was one thing he would not defile. In Herot sat Hrothgar the King of Danes’ throne, which was protected by God (Beowulf 82-85). Despite being far stronger than most mortals he feared the possibility of incurring God’s wrath if he harms the throne as Gods in many different cultures are defined as almighty beings that no one or thing can defy. As such, harming the throne would be a sign of aggression against not just Hrothgar but God as well. The mortal Beowulf came to slay Grendel, but mortals should be weaker than any monster. Beowulf, however, had mentioned to the warriors at Herot that while he was swimming across a frozen sea with no more than a sword he fought many sea creatures. Mentioning that “there at the bottom of the sea; by morning they’d decided to sleep on the shore, lying on their backs, their blood spilling out” (Beowulf 297-299). Although

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