Beowulf Vs. Grendel

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Anglo-Saxon society judges its individual’s behavior on specific values and morals. This society focuses on a strong sense of community and it treasures fame. The values of the Anglo-Saxon society are embodied by the brave, fearless and exemplary soldier, Beowulf. Beowulf is the protagonist in the epic poem, Beowulf. This character is brought upon conflicts and challenges by inhuman creatures that threaten his existence and the perseverance of his culture. In the epic poem, Beowulf battles a monster named Grendel. This adversary and his conflicts are an allusion to the war against the fall of the Anglo-Saxon society, their values and morals. In some ways, Beowulf reminds the reader of the heroes in today's world. He has superior physical strength, he is ethical, and he risks his life to save others whose lives are in danger. He also possesses the characteristics of the Anglo-Saxons. He loves law and liberty, has a great sense of fair play, loves adventures, is athletic and brave, is devoted to duty, believes in death before dishonor, and believes that loyalty is the most important virtue. Beowulf is essentially the good character because the poet makes references of him speaking about Christian beliefs. God would never be on the side of evil. Beowulf is fighting for the right thing, but when he is dying he says, "Fate has swept our race away." He switches from a belief in God to a belief in fate. Christians do not believe in the idea of fate. They believe in God’s Plan. This is because fate has a different meaning during this time period. It meant the inevitable, adverse outcome, or it meant death. In Beowulf's case, it meant death. Grendel is introduced at the beginning of the story. He is a giant cannibal who lives in the outer darkness. A word to describe him is evil. He was, "Conceived by a pair of those monsters born of Cain," and "made his home in a

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