Beowulf Essay

Beowulf Essay - lack of humbleness. Grendel on the other...

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Victoria Johnson Period 4 Beowulf Essay The epic story of Beowulf is about a prince, named Beowulf who helps the Danes get rid of the monster, Grendel, as well as fighting Grendel’s mother and a dragon. The most significant contrast between good and evil is shown through Beowulf and Grendel. The storyteller uses words that reflect light to show Beowulf as the hero while the choice of words for Grendel is much darker. Despite Beowulf’s arrogant attitude, he shows the traits of a hero—courageous, protector, loyalty, and prideful. His heroic tendencies aren’t so good though because on the other hand he accepts money from the Danes and boasts about his abilities showing a
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Unformatted text preview: lack of humbleness. Grendel on the other hand is the typical antagonist. He terrorizes the Dances and kills for no reason. Although Beowulfs heroism can be questioned when compared to todays hero there is no doubt that the author shows him as the hero, protected by God and Grendel on the other hand is described as dark, from the marsh, and evil. He is even said to be bearing Gods hatred. While Beowulf has the power of God behind him. Grendel is clearly the antagonist villain by the opinion of the author. It is clearly seen with lines such as...
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2010 for the course ENGL 210 taught by Professor Laskin during the Spring '08 term at CUNY City.

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