Beowulf (1000 A.D.) is an epic poem, written by an unknown author and tells the story of Beowulf quest to defeat Grendel and save his people. The author develops his theme of the story by setting the stage for the story and portraying a conflict, which are Beowulf and his needs to defeat Grendel to save his people. The author does this to show reader show difficult of a task it will be for Beowulf to defeat Grendel, in order to save his people. The author creates an objective relationship with his readers by telling the story from third person, giving insight into the mindset of each character and allowing the reader to interpret the poem with his or her unique perspective. * Who exactly is the narrator?
* Is the narrator impartial to the story or biased in pertinence to his identity? * What is the author’s perception of good?
* What is the author’s perception of evil?
“So times were pleasant for the people there until finally one, a fiend out of hell, began to work his evil in the world. (99-101)” This quote intrigued me because of the lack of solid, descriptive details as to the true appearance of Grendel. The abstract description makes me think Grendel is more of representation or symbol of evil instead of just a man or villain. The broad term of world seems to validate this assumption as so far the narrator has only mentioned Grendel’s misdeeds in the village where Beowulf travels to.
“In the end each clan on the outlying coasts beyond the whale-road had to yield to him and began to pay tribute. That was one good king. (9-11)” The fact that the king is, in a way, dominating and conquering other clans makes me question what the author or narrator perceives as good. Typically forcing people to pay taxes isn’t something positively looked upon and if that’s what good is seen as then I wonder what bad is seen as in the perspective of the author or narrator.