Literary Symbolism In Beowulf

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A literary symbol is something, often an object, that stands for a significant concepts or sense of idea. A symbol is in each of the characters and they each have a special value to show what they symbolize in each character that is presented. In Beowulf, the most important symbols are Hrothgar’s Mead Hall which is called Heorot, Grendel’s arm and claw, Grendel and Grendel’s mother 's cave or home, the sword that Beowulf uses to kill the Grendel’s mother, and of course the dragon 's treasure.
Hrothgar’s Hall
Hrothgar’s great mead-hall, Herot also know to be called the “Hall of the Heart”, is going to be known for being both a setting and symbol in the epic poem. It is much more than a place to drink and get a little crazy in a bad way. Herot represents the achievements of the scyldings, specifically Hrothgar, and their civilization. The hall is a basically another home for the warriors who sleep there and it works as a seat of government. In Herot Hrothgar celebrates his victories as well and rewards his thanes, which are his warriors,
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Grendel’s mother is filled rage, anger, and grief. Grendel’s mother goes back to where Hrothgar lives so she can retrieve her son’s arm from hall and kills a man to show how she feels and to show how she will still defend her son is honor. When Beowulf finds the trail of tracks to his mother he ends up in the mother’s underwater cave and sees that grendel is still laying there but isn’t sure if he is still alive or dead. So Beowulf then has no more interest in Grendel’s claw, but to fight his mother who is trying to save her son and now he wants to take his mother’s head and Grendel’s just to make sure that he has proof that he killed the great monsters mom and the great monster

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