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EC 2.3 - (63 and seems fairly similar to her son Grendel...

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Grendel, the first monster Beowulf encounters in the poem, is an evil descendent of Cain, the original murderer, who lives on the edge of Hrothgar’s kingdom. He has taken over the King’s mead hall, Heorot, and Beowulf sees it as his duty to protect and aid his fellow kingdom. Grendel is introduced to the reader at the beginning of the poem as “the Lord’s outcast” (34), who is cruel and commits “atrocious hurt” (34). He is a lonely soul, who lives alone, even though his mother also inhabits the area. He is described as “never show[ing] remorse” (34), wreaking havoc every night at Heorot. Grendel’s mother, upset at over the murder of her son, breaks into Heorot, steals the arm of her dead son and kills members of Hrothgar’s court. She lives in an underwater lair, and is defeated by Beowulf fairly quickly. She is described as “savage” and “wolfish”
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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 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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