Beowulf Themes Essay

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Themes Essay: Beowulf

In the Epic Beowulf there are three specific themes. The themes are “Good vs. Evil”, “Revenge”, and “Personal Honor and Reputation”. These symbols depict the main concepts for Beowulf. Good vs. Evil is demonstrated through the bible reference of God and Cain, and The battle with Grendel. Revenge is portrayed throughout the poem from Grendel to his own mother. Personal Honor and Reputation is shown mainly through Beowulf. Putting these three themes together gives the reader the main idea and concept of the Epic Poem Beowulf.

Good vs. Evil is the main theme a reader will interpret in Beowulf. It is first recognized by the allusion from the bible the reference of God vs. Cain. “He (Grendel) was spawned in that slime,/ Of Cain, murderous creatures banished / By God, punished forever for the crime/ Of Abel’s death.” (Littel, McDougal 40). God is of high power and alone God he is known as the Good in all. While Cain who had killed his own brother committed a crime and God punishes him. Cain is evil. In addition, Beowulf vs. Grendel is also Good vs. Evil. In The Battle with Grendel Beowulf before had already told Hrothgar he would fight for him and kill Grendel. During battle it was not easy at first to harm Grendel “trying to open/ A path for his evil soul, but their points/ Could not hurt him,” (Little, McDougal 48). His evil “bewitched” mortal weapons. Until Beowulf came in and fought “The battle was over, Beowulf/ Had been granted new glory:” (Little, McDougal 49). Beowulf had earned victory and the good conquers the evil. Revenge is depicted by the evil characters in the poem, Grendel and his mother. Grendel is introduced in the beginning “A powerful monster, living down/ In the darkness, growled in pain, impatient” (Little, McDougal 38). The description foreshadows Grendel’s actions. It states the monster is impatient regarding he can’t wait and is vengeful. After the battle with Grendel the story...
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