Beowulf, By Seamus Heaney Essay

1853 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 8 Pages
“Research Paper” What determines what makes someone good? What determines what makes someone evil? The way evil and good can be portrayed depends on a group 's opinions and background. God and evil have many different definitions, but when it comes to “Beowulf,” the idea was portrayed perfectly. “Beowulf” was able to portray good and evil throughout the poem’s actions, beliefs, monsters, heroes, Anglo-Saxon characteristics and paganism. “Beowulf” is an Old English literature poem that was published in 1815. The poem’s author is unknown, but “Beowulf” was edited by Seamus Heaney for “The Norton Anthology English Literature” book. “Beowulf” was written based on Anglo-Saxon beliefs and values. Christianity also played a big role on how “Beowulf” was structured and created. Beowulf is a warrior from Gates who travels to Heorot Hall to repay King Hrothgar with a favor. King Hrothgar is the king of Danes. Beowulf is asked by King Hrothgar to find and get rid of a monster that has been causing trouble, a monster named Grendel. After waiting for Grendel to appear, Beowulf is finally able to defeat him. After the battle, Beowulf, King Hrothgar, and their warriors go off to celebrate. Soon, another monster arrives at Heorot Hall, Grendel’s mother.
Filled with anger, Grendel’s mother seeks revenge and decides to attack Herot Hall. After realizing that the warriors have awakened, Grendel’s mother heads back to her underwater cave located in a lake nearby. Beowulf, King Hrothgar,…

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