Beowulf's Universal Theme Good vs. Evil

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In the epic poem of “Beowulf” a lot of themes can be seen throughout the story, but the one that stands out the most is the universal theme Good vs. Evil. Beowulf fights for good with extraordinary characteristics and values such as courage, virtue, generosity, protection, heroism, and strength; which is a fact that Beowulf represents good. To support it a good example would be; “…'twas widely known that against God's will the ghostly ravager, him could not hurl to haunts of darkness; wakeful, ready, with warrior's wrath, bold he bided the battle's issue”(X, 44-48), which means that Beowulf comes in behalf of god and fights Grendel and his mother who represent evil because Grendel tries to destroy the city of Hrothgar. An example would be; “So lived the clansmen in cheer and revel a winsome life, till one began to fashion evils, that fiend of hell” (I, 47-49). Grendel isn’t just Beowulf’s enemy, he personifies everything that is evil, and he is literally a demon from hell, a descendant of Cain. In our everyday life we face the same controversy of good against evil, we all get to the point where we have to decide what’s wrong and right, that’s why I personally feel Good vs. Evil, is a Universal theme. Beowulf follows the pattern of lots of stories where good always defeats evil, where the hero fights the bad guy and always comes victorious. The theme Good vs. Evil applies to my own life in a variety of ways, for example, when I’m at my friends’ and they start to be mean to each other or someone, I have to diced whether to do the right thing or not to and stand up for him or her, or join them and be mean to other people, too. Another example would be when my friends decide they want to smoke, drink or vandalize a place; I have to realize what’s right and what’s wrong, what’s best and what’s bad, what’s good and what’s evil, and decide what I think is best. In the

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