Beowulf and the Forces of Good and Evil

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Beowulf and the Forces of Good and Evil
Introduction
As one of the great literary works of all time, the epic poem of Beowulf provides a classic treatment of good versus evil. In this epic tale, more exactly, Beowulf confronts three equally sinister opponents including Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon. The following discussion explains how Grendel and his mother reflect the representation of evil in the epic. In addition, explanation is also provided concerning how Beowulf embodies virtue in the poem. Given this understanding, the current analysis discusses what this portrayal of such creatures suggests about early Germanic and Anglo-Saxon perceptions of the nature of evil in both religious and cultural terms.
How Grendel and his...
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.....del’s mother or the dragon prove a worthy match for the Christ-like traits of Beowulf. Culturally speaking, the epic poem shows that early Germanic and Anglo-Saxon peoples valued virtues such as strength, valor, courage, and honor.
Conclusion
For more than a millennium the epic poem of Beowulf has served to inspire generations of readers while also embodying important truths about humanity and the perceived battle between good and evil. In this respect, if Beowulf provides any poignant lesson for today’s generation it concerns the fact that virtues such as faith, courage, and self-sacrifice always have a place in a culture concerned about freedom from tyranny, terror, and oppression.
WORKS CITED
Wyatt, Alfred John. Beowulf. KayDreams, 1898.