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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 Grendels 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 Grendels attacks on Heorot. Grendels mothers 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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- Spring '08