She then tries to avenge his death by brutally killing many men of Herot. She, like her son, causes much distress for the kingdom. On lines 441-445, citizens of the kingdom as of Beowulf’s help. The quote says, “Our only help, Again, lies with you. Grendel’s mother Is hidden in her terrible home, in a place You’ve not seen.
Not surprisingly, in the poem Beowulf, the characters of Grendel and Beowulf showed the significant role of religion. Biblical allusions were scattered throughout the poem. The alienated character Grendel was a descendant “of Cain (who was) punished forever for the crime of Abel’s death.” Due to their blood connection to Cain, Grendel’s parents were “murderous creatures banished by God.” God has exiled all monsters; shunned them away from the prosperous lives of humans. This made Grendel an outcast to the society of God worshipers. Unlike the Germanic tribes that roamed the earth above him, Grendel lived with the sole purpose of “opposing the Lord’s Will, and again and again defeated.” Meanwhile, as he was born human, the heroic character Beowulf was considered to be a descendant of the Lord.
The author of Beowulf wove slight Christian tones throughout the book and it is obvious Beowulf himself is meant to signify something heavenly or good. The parallel could even be made between him and Jesus. The argument could be at the end of his story when Beowulf bequeaths his throne to Wiglaf (a thane) he is “reborn”. A second significance of Beowulf can be connected to the simple passing of time or age. We see him mature into from a great warrior to a king who must think about the safety of his people.
Beowulf is in many ways a merger of both Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Iliad. At the time of Beowulf being written down Europe was in the middle of transitioning from Paganism to Christianity. We can see both those religious influences on Beowulf in the story Being called to help is one of the traits of heroism and when Beowulf hears of Grendel terrorizing the people of Denmark he immediately goes to try to save the people from this terrible monster. This is something more of a "knightly" characteristic much like Sir Gawain but we also find out that Beowulf wants to go because of his everlasting quest for glory and fame. "The days of my youth have been filled with glory.
This also indicates that Beowulf kills for the purpose of battle and avenging the lives lost at the hands of Grendel. Lastly, we must analyze the monsters in the poem and how they are different and similar to the hero. Grendel is a chaotic monster that comes to Heorot Hall each evening to attack and feast on King Hrothgar’s people (page 44, lines 115-25). Grendel’s actions of killing demonstrate to the reader that he does not do this for any higher purpose other than to cause chaos, meaning he has no value for honor. Another heroic trait that Grendel does not possess is power of blood.
Beowulf received many intangible glories for defeating Grendel's mother. “A protector of his people, pledged to uphold truth and justice and to respect tradition, is entitled to affirm that this man was born to distinction. Beowulf, my friend, your fame has gone far and wide, you are known everywhere. In all things you are even-tempered, prudent and resolute. So I stand firm by the promise of friendship we exchanged before.
Therefore, making the king who protected by God suffer like how he's is his goal, he killed and fed on the King followers to revenge. To sum it up, Beowulf’s an amazing, brave warrior but to conclude the battle between the good and bad in this epic is not realistic and unfair, since Gendel is a tragically misunderstood outcast, who is forced and pushed to the limit of a human to become a evil
The Danes were hunted for 12 winters straight, the people moved away, were the only people that didn’t die. Grendel stories were told all over the land. Beowulf then came and destroyed Grendel. The version of the movie Beowulf was different, such as Beowulf had no relation with Grendel’s mother, the battle with the dragon, therefore the movie and the story was different. Therefore, in the movie and in the textbook the battle with Grendel is different
Beowulf is willing to put his life on the line to avenge a life for the nation he cares about and protects. He continues speaking of his ideology to avenge deaths: “When a warrior is gone, that will be his best and only bulwark” (1387-1388). “When a warrior is gone” refers to death of a Viking, and “bulwark” seems to take on the definition of encouragement in time of need, as coping with death is a challenging time. Beowulf may mean that after someone dies, that will act as the best inspiration to the remaining kin to honor that person’s life. After someone dies, his memory is all that remains, so that propels his kinsmen to act rather than woefully drown in tears.
In line 219 of Grendel's mom, it tells how Beowulf murdered her. "… slice it through, broke bones what not." His quality is likewise told in line 213 of how he "lifted the sword that was massive to the point that no common man could lift." Beowulf's assurance, or his will to win, was all through the story, even up until his demise. A quote that portrays this is, "… he cut the mammoth down the middle, opening it separated.