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Violence in Beowulf

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Violence in Beowulf Beowulf is an epic poem written in Anglo-Saxon times, by an unknown poet. Beowulf is a Geatish man who rescues the Danish people from evil, and helps save his own country from destruction. Beowulf, renowned for his bravery, and known as the strongest man alive, acquires the help of fourteen thanes to sail with him to Denmark. There he is involved in two battles with two evil monsters. He then fights another battle in his homeland with a Fire dragon. Without violence in Beowulf, heroism would be impossible as evidenced by Beowulf’s battles with Grendel, his mother, and the Fire dragon. Beowulf first shows his heroic nature in the fight with Grendel. After all the men in the great hall of Heorot fall asleep, Beowulf…show more content…
Grendel’s death however, was not quick and ruthless like those he inflicted to his victims. His death was slow and tortuous, as Beowulf ripped his arm right off. Grendel wasis forced to run away and escape eminent death. He had plenty of time to suffer and think about was had happened, a very painful death indeed. I believe that having Grendel die this way is a far more severe punishment than a quick and painless death. The monster comes to the horrible realization that he
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