Differences Between Good And Evil In Beowulf

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Works of literature are a reflection of the time period they were written in; they explore the inner workings of the society and examine the most prominent issues of the time. Therefore, as time passes and humanity changes, the issues addressed evolve accordingly, with the exception of one issue, which endured the tests of time and remained one the most recurring themes in literature, the battle between good and evil. The theme made its first appearance in creation stories and while the stories differ between one culture and another, the theme of good and evil remained intact. To illustrate, in the Abrahamic religions’ version, Adam and Eve’s fall from heaven is caused by Satan, the very root of all evil. Centuries later, the battle between good and evil continues to be tirelessly fought whether in literature or other creative mediums. Although evil is often depicted as a devil with horns, a tail and a menacing laugh, a figure that can be easily identified by the dark aura surrounding it, real evil is far much harder to detect; it’s a shape shifter that changes form depending on the mentality of whoever is opposing …show more content…
As a pagan hero, Beowulf believed in wergild; the blood price, and that is his reason for going after Grendel’s mother and killing her. And yet she was not granted the same right; Beowulf was allowed to hunt down a grief stricken mother who lost her only son and was only trying to have her debt paid. In a male dominated society women were not generally regarded with equality, and her status as an outcast certainly do not help her case. Researcher Dorothy Carr Porter writes that Grendel’s mother quest to avenge her son is entirely legal, according to pagan standards (5). In complete disregard of that fact, she is unjustly murdered by the hands of a seemingly great

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