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Beowulf's good qualities according to the narrator.

Beowulf is portrayed by the narrator as never failing to be brave and courageous. Whenever there is a point in time that something is wrong, Beowulf is described as never being the kind who turns the other cheek. He is described as facing adversity and winning at all cost.

The narrator expresses how Beowulf puts forth winning above all else and that is why he is good. But it is also worth noting that it is a possibility that in his coming to knowledge of his own death, he is sad that he has no son, and that may be because he was too blinded by his passion for winning that he missed any opportunity to father a son.

In lines 2177-2183 the narrator mentions that “Thus he was bold,” “Famed in war,” and most of all “battle daring.” Beowulf is a character who fits the description similar to Robin Hood but in a more violent and up front way. It seems as though the Geats would put a lot of importance on gloating and boasting about their stories of victory to prove their man hood and status as a warrior.

The explanatory notes explains that the phrase in the story “never, having drunk,” meant that Beowulf was of never “having drunk mead with his companions.” This would leave one to believe that the narrator means to portray Beowulf as being serious about victory all the time and above the spoils of his conquering. His portrayal is that he is never alackadaisicalperson or one to ever take situations lightly.

Beowulf is portrayed in the story as being one to fight for a cause and to fight fairly. He even wishes that as an old king he could still fight the dragon without a sword or armour and shield. Throughout the story the narrator speaks of Beowulf as the one to lead for a just cause as the ultimate hero of the anglo-saxons. Beowulf is not afraid of his death and judgement from god in the end. It is because of his honest and just characteristics, and the courageous display of his winning and conquering that puts his soul at ease.

sample response:

Awesome essay! Some of the points you bring up about Grendel hadn’t even crossed my mind while reading the poem. I loved that you discussed the meaning behind Grendel’s name and also that you pointed out that Grendel gets somewhat of a “high” when he is killing someone, bringing him happiness. From what I took from the poem, I thought of Grendel as a bitter outcast who killed because of jealousy and his soul being evil because of his relation to Cain, but I really enjoyed your view that he killed for his own enjoyment and fulfillment of happiness and that you compared him to a serial killer. Although, I personally thought that Grendel being described as a demon and “with Kin of Cain” had a little more significance than what was discussed in your essay. The song that initially provoked Grendel to attack the mead-hall was about creation, which really got Grendel upset due to the fact that he was a demon as oppose to a human being. Grendel is not of human descent because of Cain’s decision to murder Abel. The evilness which ran in Cain’s body also is the same in Grendel, and the whole reason why Grendel is not part of the community originallyis because of Cain, as oppose to his own doing. Of course it was Grendel’s decision to attack the mead-hall, but if it weren’t for Cain’s decision to murder Abel, Grendel would never have been born a demon in the first place. You mention something about this briefly in your essay “ I think part of the attack was also provoked by jealously, for Cain was banished after the murder of Abel, while Grendel was banished because of history”; I really liked when you said “Grendel was banished because of history” for this is what I found to be the basis behind his whole being. Overall, I really enjoyed your view on Grendel’s attack and thought you had a very interesting perspective on Grendel.

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