Beowulf: Grendel Essay Essay

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Beowulf: Grendel Essay

Grendel is the embodiment of all that is evil and dark. He is a descendant of Cain and
like Cain is an outcast of society. He is doomed to roam in the shadows. He is always
outside looking inside. He is an outside threat to the order of society and all that is
good. His whole existence is grounded solely in the moral perversion to hate good simply
because it is good.

He is described as a monster, demon, and a fiend. Grendel has swift, hard claws, and
enormous teeth that snatch the life out of his victims, which are numerous. This "shadow
of death" not only kills; he drinks the blood of his prey. His forefather, Cain, was also
known for this fiendish act. Just as Grendel is an outcast, so Cain was cast out of the
Garden of Eden. To the Anglo-Saxons, the worst crime a person could commit was the crime
of fratricide, the killing of one's own brother. Their society and culture was structured
around themes of brotherhood and kinship. The mead Hall, Herot, was a symbol of peace. It
was a place where warriors gathered in a spirit of brotherhood and harmony to celebrate.
Grendel was jealous and enraged by the festivities and the sound of laughter that he kept
hearing while he was alone in his mere.

Time after time he charges into Herot Hall, slaughtering the warriors like sheep, and
feasting on them. Denmark trembles in fear and grief as Grendel terrorizes their land. The
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