Essay on The Epic Of Beowulf By William Shakespeare

792 Words Sep 18th, 2015 4 Pages
“That doom abided, but in time it would come: the killer instinct unleashed among in-laws, the blood-lust rampant” (83-85). The foreshadowing in this line indicated the coming of a ferocious and malicious evil by the name of Grendel headed for Heorot. In the story of Beowulf, many evils made themselves present throughout the events that occurred. Behind all of that fighting is some interesting information about the fighting upon closer inspection. The theme of Beowulf is that good and evil are not always equally weighed out, as is evident by; the fighting itself, the description of the tribes and monsters, and the overall conflict of the poem. First of all, Beowulf is seen fighting two monsters and a dragon, not a tribe or mere mortal men. It is important that he is seen as fighting monsters instead of men because it makes it appear that he has fought harder and that he is much stronger than he would be seen as if he had only fought men. Anyone can fight another man. Not many people can fight a demon from hell and live to tell the tale. For example, Grendel is described as being “a powerful demon, a prowler through the night” (86) and a “fiend out of hell” (100). Fiend, demon, and hell are all negative connotations that give the description for something terrifying and perhaps impossible to fight. Grendel 's mother is also described negatively as a “monstrous hell-bride, brooded on her wrongs” (1258-1259). This too indicates a challenging, if not impossible fight ahead.…

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