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Beowulf is portrayed as the hero of the epic poem Beowulf c1200 although he is in reality the villain Throughout the poem the poet who is unknown believes Beowulf to be a hero because of his strength and loyalty to his people However his pursuit for heroic status was so dominating that it motivated his jealousy selfishness and greed Beowulf is a tale about a boastful soldier whose motive in life is purely self-beneficial he exploits the vulnerability of Grendel Grendels mother and eventually the dragon to gain fame money and power Beowulf is a typical primitive whose evil actions brought him recognition and immortality he is a product of the society that the poet lives Beowulf stood for himself and himself aloneGrendel is a hero and a symbol of the oppressed Although he does not represent the traditional hero he is a hero within a society of separates Grendel is a monster that has been excluded from Heorot because his ideas and values do not fit the norms of the society In turn he seemingly believed that slaughtering and destroying Heorot was his only way of releasing his frustration of exile Heorot and its people expressed their thoughts feelings and personalities through music laughter and dance It harrowed Grendel every day in the hall 87 Grendel has been excluded from the society he had dwelt for a time in misery among the banished monsters Cains clan whom the Creator had outlawed and condemned as outcasts 104 Grendel was not only a representative of the individual but of all the individuals who are strangers Grendels thoughts conflicted with those of Heorot it gave him joy to kill thirty men as it gave Beowulf joy to brag about his strength of thirty in the grip of each hand 380 Grendel did not follow the scripts in which society judges an individual He was a murderer and a monster for his actions while Beowulf symbolized
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