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21. Lines 400–424: What details and techniques does the poet use to convey the brutality of Grendel’s mother’s attack? What is the significance of her actions? What do they foreshadow about future events? It talks about how she took a victim and ran to save herself she killed everyone and smashed, and slashed, and stab every on in. In line 421 it says ‘’ Then all Herot burst into shouts: She had carried off Grendel’s claw. Sorrow Had returned to Denmark. They’d traded deaths, Danes and monsters, and no one had won, both had lost! ’ It foreshadows how Beowulf will seek revenge that she will seek revenge that there will be one more bloody battle. 22. Lines 425–445: What descriptive images link Grendel’s mother’s home to the concepts of death an d darkness? What does this lake symbolize? In line 425-236 it says They live in secret places, windy Cliffs, wolf-dens where water pours from the rocks, then runs underground, where mist Steams like black clouds, and the groves of trees Growing out over their lake are all covered with frozen spray, and wind down snakelike Roots that reach as far as the water and help keep it dark. At night that lake Burns like a torch. No one knows its bottom; no wisdom reaches such depths. A deer, hunted through the woods by packs of hounds, A stag with great horns, though driven through the forest from faraway places, prefers to die on those shores, refuses to save its life the poet describes Grendel’s mother’s home as a place nobody wants to go. He says that a deer would rather be eaten by a pack of hounds then go into that lake. This lake symbolizes how evil and treacherous Grendel, and his mother were.

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