Good Vs Evil In Beowulf Essay

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1. The real monster in the poem is Grendel. Although, the humans are also morally questionable as well, Grendel engages in several horrific acts making him the greater monster. Grendel represents an evil and supernatural object. “Till the monster stirred, that demon, that fiend, Grendel, who haunted the moors, the wild Marshes, and made his home in a hell…” (28) Grendel also killed all of Hrothgar's people in Herot Hall and eventually took control of it. Although, the humans and Beowulf may have done some immoral things they were acting in self-defense and attempting to regain control of the situation. Also, Beowulf displays more heroic qualities rather than the qualities of a monster. The role of compassion is also evident in the epic as well. It is clear that Beowulf is a good fighter, however, he is also morally good. He realizes he has defeated his enemy and does not take advantage of them in times of weakness.
2. Good versus Evil is the most dominant theme in “Beowulf”. This particular epic portrays the conflict between a courageous, strong, loyal warrior and the monsters of he...
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