October 14, 2012
Good vs. Evil
Since the beginning of time there have be stories of good vs. evil. It when the darkness and the light collide. The most common stories are about heaven vs. hell, when god fights the devil. In other stories its hero vs. villain. Like Batman vs. the Joker or Spiderman vs. Venom. In the Anglo-Saxon time there was a hero named Beowulf who had three of the biggest battles in that time period between a monster named Grendel, Grendel’s mom, and a dragon.
In the Anglo-Saxon time a hero was someone who was willing to sacrifice his or her life to protect the people and the king. They looked for a strong and powerful warrior “"So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by/ and the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness/ we have heard of those princes' heroic campaigns"(Beowulf lines 1-3)Beowulf was prince of the Geats, who came to King Hrothgar’s castle to help rid him of an evil force, Grendel. "So Grendel waged his lonely war/ inflicting constant cruelties on the people/ atrocious hurt/ he took over Heorot/ haunted the glittering hall after dark/ but the throne itself, the treasure-seat/ he was kept from approaching; he was the Lord's outcast.”(Beowulf lines 164-169). Each time Grendel attacked the castle, King Horthgar sent warriors to kill Grendel and one by one each died. Little did they know but, Grendel had a spell casted over him so that no sword made by man could harm him. Beowulf was called upon to defeat Grendel. In order to prove his strength and show that he is “who of all the men on earth was the strongest,” Beowulf makes a claim of glory that no man can match (Beowulf 80-81). When asked if he need anything to aid him in the fight Beowulf replied saying that he would fight the monster at night with no weapons. Beowulf won by ripping Grendel’s arm off with his bare hand, freeing the Danes from further torture .
The next night, after celebrating Grendel's death, Horthgar and his men slept in...
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