Examples Of Evil In Beowulf

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Beowulf: Good Vs. Evil The balance of good and evil in Beowulf by Seamus Heaney is apparent in the characters Grendel, Grendel’s mother, Beowulf and Wiglaf. Grendel is a slayer and kills the Danes in Heorot Hall. Grendel’s mother comes for revenge of her son and in the process kills Hrothgar’s friend and adviser, Aeschere. Beowulf does countless acts of selfless deeds, even for those who are not of the Geat clan. Wiglaf comes to Beowulf’s aid when nobody else does while battling the dragon. A good vs evil is when Beowulf comes to slay Grendel because “For twelve winters, seasons of woe, the lord of Shieldings suffered under,” (Beowulf 13) Grendel’s brutal attacks. Grendel kills the Danes in Heorot, in king Hrothgar’s hall, for twelve years. Beowulf comes to Heorot without even being asked or requested when he hears of Grendel’s attacks on the hall. Grendel comes once again to kill more Danes and Beowulf is…show more content…
An example of the evil aura coming from this monster's cave is that “At night there, something uncanny happens: the water burns” (Beowulf 95) and “On its back, the heather-stepper halts: the hart in flight from pursuing hounds will turn to face them with firm-set horns and die in the wood rather than dive beneath its surface.”(Beowulf 95) While the Danes and Beowulf’s warriors sleep peacefully unaware in Heorot, and Beowulf is away, Grendel’s mother attacks and in the process kills Hrothgar’s friend and adviser, Aeschere. In good blood with Hrothgar, Beowulf seeks out the hiding spot of the”monstrous hell-bride”(Beowulf 89) and commences battle with the mother. his sword failing him he turns to a found sword in the depths of the water cave, it being a sword of a strong warrior and slays Grendel’s mother with a slice to the neck that beheads her. Beowulf then finds Grendel’s body and cuts off his head to bring back to Heorot with him as a
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