Beowulf Essay | Symbolism of the Three Battles and Monsters in Beowulf

Gareth Hinds
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Symbolism of the Three Battles and Monsters in Beowulf

Summary: Examines the epic poem, Beowulf. Explores Beowulf's battles with three monsters. Argues that the adversaries and their conflicts are an allusion to the war against the fall of the Anglo-Saxon society, their values and morals
."..My purpose was this: to win the good will/ of your people or die in battle, pressed/ In Grendel's fierce grip. Let me live in greatness/ And courage, or here in this hall welcome my death!" Line 354).

Anglo-Saxon society was constructed upon fixed values and morals on which the behavior of individuals was based and judged. This society had a strong sense of community and treasured fame and success as a passageway to immortality. By fighting with Grendel and assuring the survival of the Danes, Beowulf was also confirming his immortality through heroic deeds; this being the ideal of his civilization. The reader sees the values of the Anglo-Saxon society embodied by the brave, fearless and exemplary soldier called Beowulf. This character is brought upon conflicts and challenged by inhuman creatures that threaten his existence and the perseverance of his culture...

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