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.
Grendel Grendel was the monster that was killing all of Hrothgar’s men. Grendel was evil, smart, and stealthy making him dangerous. Beowulf stopped Grendel but not before he killed many of people. Grendel was a descendant of Cain who was punished for killing his brother Abel. Since Grendel was born from evil he could never be happy which angered him when he heard all the people in Herot having a good time.
After Beowulf defeated Grendel he leaves and Grendel ’s Mom comes and seeks revenge for her fallen son. When Beowulf returns the King of the Danes, Hrothgar, is in mourning because Grendel’s Mom killed one of his best warriors. Beowulf tells Hrothgar that is it not a time for mourning and that it is a time for action. “All men must die; let him who may Win glory ere death.
Grendel is someone who made his home in hell because the type of creature he is. As some of the Danes sleep Grendel snatches up 30 of them kills them and carries them back to his lair while the blood is leaking from him , he is also the type to only hunt at night when no one see’s him or can hear him. News got around to Beowulf about Grendel so he sailed across the sea to Hrothgar. Beowulf than ask permission to kill Grendel because he feels as if it’s the right thing to do. Beowulf than defeats Grendel and takes his body parts and hangs them up to prove to people that
“A villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told” (Colfer) can be related to the three so-called bad guys from the poem, Beowulf. Everybody sees the mighty and magnificent hero as Beowulf, Hygelac’s great Thane, but people seem to neglect the antagonist’s points of view. The three main statements that most of the audience have in mind are: Grendel, a demon who kills 30 men in one night, along with controlling people with fear for 12 winters, Grendel’s mother that kills Hrothmund’s dear friend, Aeshere, and the dragon that burns down villages. From their perspective, these three fiends are pure definition of a villain, where as Beowulf is the great vanquisher. The antagonists that the audience claims from the poem should be reconsidered
Beowulf is a poem that based in the 10th and 11th century that revolved around the idea of good vs evil. The poem is named after Beowulf who is a supernatural hero that slays any evil that crosses his path but is a real sweetheart when it comes to other people or the king. Beowulf is to be considered an epic poem because the hero in the story creates acts of being courageous and even superhuman in some cases, reflecting timeless values such as courage and honor, and the poem reflects unforgettable values with honor and courage.
Near the end of his life as a king, Beowulf found that his citizens were being terrorized by a dragon. Although he was old and grizzled, the king took it on in battle. He showed tremendous courage even when knowing the odds were not in his favor. Previously, during his time in Denmark, Beowulf killed Grendel’s mother with the sword made for a giant. This showed his superhuman strength because as an ordinary human being Beowulf was able to handle and control the giant’s sword.
This scene is relevant due to its differing plot from the other two slayings. During the killing of Grendel, Beowulf tears off his arm and ultimately destroys the wretched monster alone and without frivolous weapons. When the duel between Grendel’s mother arises, Beowulf
In “Beowulf,” there are many concepts of good and evil portrayed in the epic poem by an unknown author. Beowulf brings good to the Geats. The people would say he was a gift from the Gods to battle and demolish the evil. The monsters, however, cause trouble to the people and bring out the evil in everything. These elements of good and evil help define this an epic poem.
The “Monstrous ogress” was “savage in her grief,” and her actions become even more beastly than her sons (Beowulf 1258-76). Women in this Germanic Warrior society were meek, so the actions of Grendel’s mother greatly contrast with the typical behavior of a woman in this time period. Grendel’s mother’s gruesome actions are beastly in nature, but her emotions of outrage and grief for the murder of her son are human. Once again, Beowulf’s victory of the savage monster shows the overall theme of good winning against evil.
Hrothgar throws another celebration for the young Hero’s actions, but at this gathering in the mead hall Beowulf gives word that he thinks it is time for he and his men to return home. The encounter with Grendel’s mother made Beowulf realize he is not invincible and that one day, perhaps, his victories may not result in his victory. Thus, Beowulf announces he will soon return back to the land of the
Hrothgar built a mead hall, which got attacked by a monster named Grendel. Grendel then took and killed 30 men. This happened for twelve years that Grendel killed the warriors over night. Beowulf heard the cries for help from the heroes as well as, his grandson, Hrothgar.
Hrothgar was a king over his country, and a very powerful ruler. He built a hall, called Heorot, where his warriors gathered to drink, get gifts from their lord, and listen to the many different stories of the other people. The jubilant noise from the hall angered the horrible demon named Grendel who lived in the swamplands. Grendel terrorized the Danes people every night, killing them and defeating their efforts to fight back. The people suffered many years of fear, danger, and death at the hands of Grendel.
After Beowulf arrives at the Danes’ land, he meets Unferth, a thane of King Hrothgar, who challenges Beowulf by saying, “‘No matter, therefore, how you may have fared in every bout and battle until now, this time you’ll be worsted; no one has ever outlasted an entire night against Grendel’” (Heaney 525-528). Unferth’s envy motivates him to challenge Beowulf by convincing him that he cannot defeat the man-monster, Grendel. However, Beowulf ends up severing the beast’s arm off, committing a feat others thought was impossible. The hero displays his courage and strength by fighting a murderous creature unarmed and triumphantly winning.