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Beowulf: The Great Warrior

and even in his old age he was a brave warrior who stared danger in the face and did not even take time to blink before he acted. He traveled to the Danish kingdom to take care of their problem, a hideous and sinister monster that the Danes called Grendel. None of the Danish warriors were strong enough or brave enough to take on this creature, but once Beowulf heard of this he jumped at the opportunity to take his stab at it. He gathered his strongest and most loyal men and began his long journey by...

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Beowulf and Grendel Essay The epic poem Beowulf describes the adventures of a hero who saved the people of Danelaw by defeating the terrifying monster, Grendel. Centuries later, John Gardner narrates the tale as seen from the monster’s point of view. Even though both pieces of literature relate the same events, their stories differ in many ways including the way in which the character Beowulf is portrayed, the way in which the character Grendel is portrayed, their descriptions of the fight...

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The Relationship Between Good and Evil in Beowulf

example, the reason that Beowulf becomes so well known and famous is because he defeats an evil demon (Grendel). A hero is someone who possesses a vast amount of courage and someone who is known for overcoming a certain obstacle(s). An evil figure is often the obstacle that the hero must over come; it is someone or something that is often thought of as immortal and feared by the public. Without Grendel or any short of evil figure, Beowulf would not have made a name for himself. When it comes down to...

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An Epic Hero

for a quest and a battle with a supernaturally strong man-eating beast. He is unafraid of his imminent death battling the sinister, evil monster, Grendel. He is highly esteemed and his reputation for greatness precedes him after defeating Grendel. These traits are proved throughout this Anglo-Saxon epic poem. As soon as news travels around that Grendel is terrorizing the town of Herot, Beowulf is more than eager to help. He seeks out the bravest and strongest of the Geats, fourteen to be exact,...

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Epic Poetry and Beowulf

accomplishments in battle. Beowulf fights Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and a dragon throughout this poem. The three battles Beowulf engages in differ by his attitude, preparation, and physical ability.             In Beowulf’s battle against Grendel, his attitude, preparation, and physical ability illustrate his confidence. Beowulf travels to the land of the Danes because he heard there was a demon terrorizing the Danish people. He is very sure of himself and does not fear Grendel. Beowulf is so confident that...

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Beowulf (Christianity vs. Paganism)

Beowulf are evident in the characters superhuman personifications. Beowulf is depicted as a superhero. Beowulf takes it upon himself to save the Danes from Grendel. In his battle with Grendel, Beowulf chooses not to use weapons; he relies on his super strength. During the fight, Beowulf's strength takes over, and Beowulf wrestles with Grendel until he is able to rip one of the monster's arms out of its socket. Superhuman feats also appear in the fight with Grendel's mother. When Beowulf enters the...

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Grendel's Mother and Beowulf

“spear.”) Grendel: monster that terrorizes Heorot   Grendel's Mother: monster that retaliates after Beowulf defeats Grendel  Dragon: monster that goes on a rampage in the land of the Geats  Wiglaf: warrior who helps Beowulf fight the dragon   Hygelac: king of the Geats in Sweden and Beowulf's uncle  Ecgtheow: Beowulf's father (Ecgtheow is a compound meaning “sword-servant.”)  Unferth: Danish warrior who envies Beowulf  Reading Guide The wrath of grendel (page 41) ...

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Beowulf Essay Grendel, The Man “Beowulf” is the oldest surviving English epic poem. It’s written in the beginning of Christianity. The poet wrote “Beowulf” to judge the godless society that lacks the ability to accept the difference. The society punishes people who are different from others, and causes them from being viewed as outsiders to actually being monsters. In the 7th and 8th century, people who are born with birth defects are described as monsters. Grendel and his dysfunctional...

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Beowulf: Themes

Beowulf: Themes The Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf is the most important work of Old English literature, and is well deserved of the distinction. The epic tells the story of a hero, a Scandinavian prince named Beowulf, who rids the Danes of the monster Grendel, a descendent of Cain, and of his exploits fighting Grendel's mother and a Dragon. Throughout the epic, the Anglo-Saxon story teller uses many elements to build a certain depth to the characters. Just a few of the important character elements in...

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Beowulf Study Guide

time. 2. The significance of this description is that it how violent and unforgiving a creature Grendel is. The commonalities between Grendel and disasters such as Sandy Hook is you have a peaceful place such as an elementary school or a drinking hall where people are supposed to be able to gather in peace and learn or have a good time without fearing their lives. But then there is Grendel or Adam Lanza who disrupts the peace for no real reason and causes death and destruction. 3. The...

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