I think that the biggest theme in Beowulf has to be good vs. evil. This theme is stressed very much throughout the book in symbolism. Grendel represents pure evil, while Beowulf represents the exact polar opposite of the monster Grendel. In Beowulf anything evil or bad is related to hell, while anything good is because of their faith in god. The original concept of good and evil can be traced back to the sons of Adam and Eve, Cain and Able. Cain killed his brother because god favored his sacrifice more than his. Cain is the origin of evil and Able is the origin of good. Grendel is a descendant of Cain, and is pure evil he takes pleasure in causing misfortune for others. Beowulf is the definition of good and to people he is often viewed as a demi-god like being; he is seen as a man of pure faith which adds to his image of being a god among men. In the end the godly man (Beowulf) defeats the evil Grendel, in a hand to hand fight in Heorot.
In Beowulf religion seems to be a big factor in the life of the Anglo-Saxons. Religion is seen as a very good trait among men. For all conflicts in Beowulf the people rely on god to give them their favor, because they believe this will help their struggle. Anything that is evil seems to have connections with the devil. Every man seeks god’s favor through sacrifices or smiting evil. But sometimes it seems that men rely too much on god, this was the situation at Heorot; all men but Beowulf slept with no doubt they would win simply because they thought they had god’s favor. I think that the Anglo-Saxons from Beowulf rely too heavily on faith, it is foolish of them to expect god to pull them through every struggle. I think that further in the book their heavy faith will betray them; I think they will expect the fight to be easy because they have god’s favor and because of this many men will perish.
The role of women in Beowulf seems to be very simplistic. Women in the book seem to only...
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