|Due By (Pacific Time)||08/10/2017 12:00 am|
Write an essay to answer one of the following prompts. Be sure to include textual evidence in your response! Keep in mind that you are writing a five-paragraph essay with textual
NO MORE THAN 350 WORDS
Is Beowulf a hero? Why or why not?
|Prompt 2||Discuss how someone in your life is either a Beowulf or a Grendel. Be sure to compare and contrast the two's characteristics.|
This an example of the 5 paragraph essay
Good vs. Evil as found in Beowulf
In the epic Beowulf, there is a constant struggle between good and evil. This poem is an early example of the phrase, “Bad guys never win.” Examples of this theme include: God versus Cain, Beowulf versus Grendel, and Beowulf versus Grendel’s mother.
The first battle between God (good) and Cain (evil) is actually an allusion from the bible. This story of Cain is used to compare God’s feelings of Grendel, a descendant of Cain. The book states, "…Since Cain had killed his only / Brother, slain his father's son / With an angry sword. God drove him off, / outlawed him…" (Beowulf, 1261 - 1264). Cain killed his brother because he was evil and God shunned and marked him for his evilness. God has the same feelings for Grendal.
Grendel is described as a vicious monster that is an offspring of everything evil. Grendel is so evil; God refuses to forgive Grendel and favors Beowulf’s pride over Grendel’s sins. In the battle between Beowulf and Grendel, God grants Beowulf overwhelming victory. The book states, “the Ruler of the heavens brought about a right issue, when once more he stood up with ease.” God can stand with ease because the beast he hates, Grendel, is dead.
Beowulf is a mighty, honorable hero who has super strength and the ego to match his strength. Beowulf defeats Grendel with his bare hands and then he forced to fight Grendel’s vengeful mother. Tired and torn, Beowulf, through his goodness, is able to vanquish Grendel’s mother. At the break of exhaustion, Beowulf grabs a monstrous sword and the book continues, “he struck furiously…the blade went straight through the doomed body.”
The epic poem Beowulf encompasses all aspects of a great tale. Beowulf, God, and Wiglaf represent good in the poem whereas; Grendel, his mother, and Cain portray the contrasting side of evil. Throughout the epic poem Beowulf, there are many examples of good versus evil.
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