The Dichotomy Of Good Vs. Evil In Beowulf

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The most important events in Beowulf’s life seem to all be a matter of Dichotomy. Good versus evil. Beowulf encounters perilous monsters throughout his life that no man or woman would ever stand a chance of defeating. Beowulf embodies the classic storybook hero, whom is built with a strong body and a pure heart. Throughout this epic, Beowulf must harness his heroic body and pure heart into destroying the forces of evil in the world. Grendel is a horrid monster filled with evil and bloodthirsty rage; Grendel terrorizes the men of Heorot when he deems them as being too loud in the meadhall. He snatches them up with his bare hands and devours them. Grendel murders fathers and sons, brothers, and uncles. As far as anybody can see, he will never…show more content…
We have a concrete hero character in Beowulf, and a concrete villain in Grendel. We see this as a theme throughout the epic poem. The dichotomy of good versus evil is the fundamental backbone of this piece of literature. It is so significant due to the fact that everything that happens in this book is someway related to good versus evil. If Beowulf wasn’t so good at heart, he would not even be enticed to leave his homeland and go help the danes. Without the drive in Beowulf 's heart to do what is right, all of his heroic moments of glory would not exist. Once this is pointed out to the reader, it becomes so clear that one could wonder why the book isn 't just named: “Beowulf, a Story of Good vs. Evil.”. To Prove this, let 's pretend that Beowulf is evil and see how different this epic poem would become. Beowulf never goes to Herot to defeat Grendel. Therefore he never saves all of those men, and gains the honor and glory he desires. Without Beowulf being pushed to do what he believes is good, the legend behind his name ceases to exist. Beowulf wouldn’t have earned all of the honor and respect that he had, and he would not be a hero or a…show more content…
evil in Beowulf is during his fight with the dragon. The dragon is a venomous serpent hoarding tons of gold and treasure. Beowulf at this point has defeated Grendel and Grendel’s mother, so he has no need to prove his strength or bravery to anybody. The dragon is so scary and evil that almost all of Beowulf’s “loyal” men abandon him. Beowulf refuses to give up against the forces of evil so himself and his most loyal companion: Wiglaf, pursue the dragon. Beowulf clearly doesn 't have as much strength as he used to, as his strikes just deflect off of the dragon’s scales. Beowulf refuses to give up and he ultimately kills the dragon at the cost of his own

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