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Grendel's mother and Thyth are two different types of monsters and they are the complete opposite of the peacemakers and hostesses. They do not weave peace. They are women who solve things not by alliance or marriage but by violence. They use physical power to impose their wants and decisions. They are neither hostesses. They attack anybody who dare to enter their territory, whether it is their palace or cave. They both share some common behaviors but are also different from each other in some way. Thyth is part of the society and functions within it. She has a status and class. Grendel's mother is a monster, a beast which means that she cannot be tamed except by death. However Thyth can be tamed and she is as she is married off to Offa. Grendel's mother is described with so much power and so much terror attributed to her that one cannot fail to notice how powerful a presence she is in the poem and at that time as well. “ ..now this powerful other one arrives, this force for evil driven to avenge her kingsman's death...” (Line 1333-1334). Grendel's mother has a great contribution in making Beowulf, the male protagonist, the great hero that he is. As they say, behind every successful man there is a woman, indeed behind the success of Beowulf stands a fierce female monster who made the heights that Beowulf achieved really great by her own power and fierce …show more content…
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