Cause-Effect Of Beowulf's Influence On Early English Literature

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Beowulf Cause-Effect Essay The Anglo Saxons were known for their major influence on early English Literature. One good example of Anglo Saxon literature is Beowulf. Beowulf is an epic that tells the story of a warrior, Beowulf, who is on a quest to defeat various villains, such as Grendel. Although Beowulf and Grendel have many similar characteristics, Beowulf is portrayed as a hero while Grendel is portrayed as a villain. The author of Beowulf, who is unknown, makes the reader believe this by portraying each character in different ways. Throughout the story, Grendel is seen as a villain due to the various horrific things he does to the Danes and their land. Grendel is portrayed as a monster from the moment the poem starts when the author says, “A powerful monster, living down / In the darkness.” The first line of the poem shows Grendel as a monster living in the darkness, and in society it can often be seen that people or monsters, “living in darkness”, are bad or villainous. Later in the poem, when the author is explaining Grendel’s creation, the author explains, “He was spawned in that slime / Conceived by a pair of those monsters born / Of Cain, murderous creatures banished / By God”. This explains that from the minute Grendel was born, he was evil. The author uses…show more content…
Grendel is seen a monster and horrible creature, while Beowulf is seen as a great warrior and hero. Although the characters are portrayed as very different, they also have many similarities. Beowulf’s killings and feats are seen as justified and respected, while Grendel’s are seen as monstrous; however, from Grendel’s point of view, he may have been doing the right thing. Beowulf could have easily written from another point of view showing Grendel as the hero, which reminds the reader that many heroes and villains may not be so different after
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