Unformatted text preview: (63), and seems fairly similar to her son. Grendel and his mother both represent evil, even through their affection for one another. In Grendel’s fights at Heorot, he is shown as a savage, unforgiving heathen, but one could suggest that he actually represents the fear of the author, as he and his mother are forced to live on the outskirts of society, and never allowed to enter the city limits or be included. The representation of evil is obvious, if only in Grendel’s attacks on Heorot. Grendel’s mother’s attack, while honorable (being familial revenge), continues this representation of fear, as little is known about her either. These two characters were used by the author to represent common themes in the Middle Ages, including fear, evil, and loneliness....
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2010 for the course ENG 237 taught by Professor Glascock during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.
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