Amani Allouh Dr.Anastasia Remoundou-H Introduction to Literature 1 January 1, 2014 Good and evil in Beowulf Goodness is always conquers evil. Many people believe in that status, and many others are not. Through this analysis between Good and evil in Beowulf, you will see if this status applies on this poem or not. In almost every story, there is a conflict; this conflict is unfortunately the main component in any attractive story. At the base of the conflict in Beowulf 's poem, there is a source of both, good and evil.
Beowulf: A New Translation for Oral Delivery, translated by Dick Ringler, utilized the dark and the ominous to foreshadow or to portray the impending savagery of mankind. Darkness could be defined either by the absence of light or by the lack of intellectual enlightenment. The monstrous creatures are shrouded within the darkness or associate with the ominous. Throughout Beowulf the theme of violence and darkness are intertwined, which is manifest by correlating the darkness with the unknown through Grendel. The unknown generate fear among the mass through their inability to control and understand the existence of inhuman beings.
Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon manuscript, written around the time of 7th to 10th century and was preserved in a codex until its subsequent discovery in the 19th century. Beowulf’s author to this date is unknown. This particular text belongs to the Northern Heroic Tradition, highlighting traditional German heroic values, such as the blood price. While it does have pagan rituals and ideologies, it is not a highly Christian text. Beowulf is believed to have been orally transmitted.
Throughout Beowulf there are concepts of good versus evil. For instance, there is Beowulf against Grendel, Beowulf against Grendel’s mother, Beowulf and Wiglaf against the fire breathing dragon, to name a few of the significant battles of good versus evil. Although Beowulf is the hero of the poem, he has his own flaws that show that even the greatest of all are still fighting the good versus evil battle. Take Beowulf’s boasting for example.
Biblical allusions in Anglo-Saxon literature make up most of the story Beowulf. Which gives more meaning and background to the story allowing people to associate the bible with the story. The way the author relates the characters from the story to the characters from the bible but not directly, gives it a more sincere sensation. The author builds on allusion throughout the story when he introduces Grendel, describes Hrothgar’s men, and when he discusses the battles Beowulf fought in. When Grendel is introduced in Beowulf, he is justified as a monster who is murdering Hrothgar’s men for sport.
Tolkien commented that Beowulf depicts a balance of “ends and beginnings...of the...contrast between youth and age…[of] first achievement and final death” (Tolkien). Beowulf is essentially the vessel that shows the contrasting influence of paganism and Christianity on early medieval times. Seamus Heaney, Nobel Prize-recipient and poet, wrote about the pagan and Christian elements found in Beowulf and how this depicted culture in the early medieval ages. Broadly speaking, Beowulf took place in “a pagan Germanic society governed by a heroic code of honour,” all the while, “the newly established Christian religion” was changing all aspects of society (Heaney). Beowulf took place in the sixth century, in times where “rank and ceremony, human solidarity and culture” were key components of social culture.
After defeating grendel, beowulf encountered other obstacles through the story. Even though it's all based on the original epic there are so many differences between the movie Beowulf and the epic poem. The epic poem, is too boring for modern, sophisticated audiences, so hollywood established the story. Pagan and Christian perspectives. In the movie, Hrothgar and his Danes are pagan.
Beowulf The epic poem Beowulf is a story about the good forces versus the evil forces. The good force is Beowulf. The evil forces are Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon. Beowulf has to defeat each one of them. Beowulf is considered an epic hero because, he is brave, strong, shows courage, and he has desire to help people.
Beowulf the brave, bold, and battle crazy Beowulf is an epic poem that tells the story of a glorious hero, by the same name, who wins fame and glory by battling and killing evil creatures that cross his path. Sea monsters, trolls, sorceresses, and dragons all fall at the hands of mighty Beowulf. The treacherous world in which we find ourselves seems ideal for producing heroes worthy of such heroic epics like Beowulf’s. It seems like in this world, the only way to fix one’s problems is to kill them. Many violent battles break out that leave the victor appearing valiant.
We have read the Anglo-Saxon poem of Beowulf and watched the movie of Beowulf and Grendel. These two manifestations of one event have rather great differences in the characteristics and behavior of their characters. The movie seems show the actual events of the tale, while the poem seems to capture the events in an exaggerated and praiseful way towards Beowulf’s actions. In the movie, the poem’s narration is actually by a Geat, one of Beowulf’s men. The tales differ because of exaggeration and lack of presence in some events by the Geat.