Essay on The Epic Of Beowulf By William Shakespeare

1097 Words Feb 8th, 2016 5 Pages
The story Beowulf is a tale of a young hero who saves a town and their people from two evil monsters, and even returns in his old age to fight another dragon monster. The use of these creatures in this story has been and is still heavily criticized. Critics often argue if humans should have been used in place of the monsters instead. Beowulf is involved in a fight against Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and a dragon. Each battle with every monster is different in their own way, and each show new meaning and tell us more about Beowulf as a hero. The monsters are essential to the story because they help emphasize Beowulf’s heroism, leave room for imagination and simplify the story, and symbolize christian ideas and christ figures. The monsters were essential to the story in many ways. Beowulf is involved in three battles with terrifying monsters. Grendel is not human, he is much larger and stronger than any human, Grendel once even “snatched up thirty men, smashed/them unknowing in their beds and ran out with their bodies.” Grendel is a monster, he is feared by all, and very powerful. Grendel could, and often did, rip men to shreds with his bare hands. Beowulf is not asked to come help the Herot people, yet he does anyway. Beowulf just by doing this shows that he is brave and fearless. When Grendel and Beowulf are battling, Beowulf tears Grendel’s arm off and defeats him. Beowulf, a man, had defeated the all feared Grendel, a monster. Beowulf defeating this all powerful monster…

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