Theme Analysis Between Beowulf And Grendel

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The author of the Anglo-Saxon story Beowulf creatively uses themes in order to portray meanings and insight on the culture of the time period. In 1989, the author John Gardner published his own novel and based it on the ancient story. His book, Grendel, is told from the point of view of the “monster” in Beowulf. John Gardner’s Grendel utilizes the theme of Good vs. Evil in Beowulf, to illustrate the obvious contrast between good and evil and puts a spin on it by telling the story from Grendel’s point of view, ultimately connecting to the theme of Grendel’s need for community in Gardner’s work. In Beowulf, the author emphasizes the differences between Good and Evil by portraying the monsters as unstoppable forces, while most humans are depicted at the monsters’ mercy. An example of the theme Good vs. Evil in Beowulf is “So Hrothgar’s men lived happy in his hall Till the monster stirred, that demon, that fie, Grendel, who haunted the moors, the wild Marshes, and made his home in hell…” (Beowulf, Canto 1 Lines 101-104). This quote from Beowulf shows how the men in Herot are at peace until the monster, Grendel, ruins the serenity of the hall. The author implies that Grendel is a true monster and the he is evil. This, therefore, introduces the clear contrast between good and evil in Beowulf. The author of Beowulf skillfully uses the theme of Good vs. Evil to depict the differences of Grendel and the humans. Another example of this theme from Beowulf is, “A prince of the Geats, had killed Grendel, Ending the grief, the sorrow, the suffering Forced on Hrothgar’s helpless people By a bloodthirsty fiend” (Beowulf, Canto 12 Lines 830-833). This quote emphasizes the distinct contrast of good and evil in Beowulf. The author characterizes Beowulf as an admirable hero, and a clear-cut “good guy” in the story. Conversely, the author describes Grendel as a
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