Good vs. Evil
The conflict between good and evil is the novel’s main and most important aspect. Many people have been pondering over good and evil for centuries. The theme of good vs. evil that is present in the story of Beowulf, has become the classic foundation of many modern stories. Beowulf and Grendel represent the ultimate struggle of good and evil. Grendel is a bad person who tries to destroy everything around him. On the other hand Beowulf is a very good person and an excellent hero. In the novel Beowulf: A New Telling by Robert Nye Beowulf believes that everyone in this world is born neutral and their influences shape them to either become more good or more bad but everyone has both in them. Throughout the story Beowulf has encountered many adventures that shaped him to become a good person. First of all, Beowulf is very brave such as when he said “I put more trust in these ten fingers than in a hundred swords. (Nye 34)” Beowulf’s words prove that he is confident in himself and he trusts himself to be strong enough with the bravery of not using any weapons. He had ripped off the mighty Grendel’s arm with his own bare hands. Beowulf wisely uses his good attributes for selfless acts. He had killed Grendel, his mother, and the dragon guarding the hoard of treasure. All these achievements have given him experience which was very helpful in the future. In addition, the way that Beowulf see’s the balance of good and evil, people cannot be divided into good and bad because he believes that everyone has good and bad in them. In the novel Beowulf explains to Unferth, “I will tell you something. You think that bad brings forth bad only, and that the good man should hold apart from it. I suggest that things aren’t so simple, so black and white. Even the wickedest person can do good for someone. The truly good man finds good where he can. (28)” Beowulf clearly disagrees with...
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