The Epic Of Beowulf By William Shakespeare Essay example

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Surely an epic poem that has lasted for over 1,000 years has to mean something. A poem over 3,000 lines long, which was told orally until someone wrote it down, has to mean that it’s something special. Beowulf is a tale of a mighty hero protecting a neighboring nation from monsters spawned from hell. It’s a good story. When all else has failed, who comes to save the day? Beowulf. However the longevity of this poem does not simply just come from the fact that it’s a well written and classic representation of a hero’s story. It’s the fact that it’s an allegory that’s still relevant to our reality today. This lengthy account of this story has a deeper meaning. Each character symbolizes either the forces necessary to maintain civilization or the forces that tear civilization apart. In the allegory Grendel, one of the monsters, is a symbol of a force that tear apart at society. He symbolizes individualism gone wild, or selfishness.
Grendel is a symbol of individualism gone wild to the point where he basically represents the saying “It’s my way or the highway” to the extreme. When he is first introduced the text says, “Then a powerful demon, a prowler through the dark, nursed a hard grievance. It harrowed him to hear the din of the loud banquet every day in the hall [Heorot]…” (Lines 86-89) Grendel is first brought in as a demonic creature who is bothered by the noise of the people in Heorot. Then the poem continues to say, “So times were pleasant for the people there until…

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