Symbolism, Good Vs. Evil, The Swamp And The Monsters ' Lair 's Throne, And Grendel

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Symbolism

As the cold winds grip England, Anglo-Saxon warriors huddle around the fire in their enormous meadhalls. A soothing stories drifts through the air. The warriors are engulfed in the story of Beowulf. As the bard entertains the crowd of warriors, he uses an arsenal full of literary tools. One of these tools is symbolism. Good vs. evil, the swamp and the monsters’ lair, Hrothgar’s throne, and Grendel are all prevalent as uses of symbolism throughout this oral art. As the story was told by different people the addition of symbolism may have occurred. It is believed Beowulf was recorded by a monk about 700 c. This also added a whole new set of symbolic ideas to this epic poem. Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon tale that mixes Christian ideals with the pagan traditions of the Anglo-Saxons.

The symbolic nature of good vs. evil is used extensively throughout literature. However, when some stories only dabbled with the idea, Beowulf used good vs. evil multiple times throughout this epic poem. Good vs. evil in this story symbolises the never ending battle raging on between Heaven and Hell. In the story evil gathered in the darkness, and people cowered in the light. However, Beowulf, fighting for justice, treaded into the shadows to fight the monsters of hell. In the epic story, Beowulf fought the monsters that preyed on innocent men and women. As evil arose the great Geat prince shout it out and destroyed it. Despite all of his victories, Beowulf’s job never seemed to be done.…

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