scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 844
In Beowulf the conflict between good and evil is the poems main and most important aspect The poet makes it clear that good and evil do not exist as only opposites but that both qualities are present in everyone Beowulf represents the ability to do good or to perform acts selflessly and in help of others Goodness is also showed throughout this epic as having the ability to cleanse evil Even though evil is presented by Grendel Grendels mother and the dragon who are filled with a desire to act against people and ultimately destroy them Even pride a human quality is presented in Beowulf as a sign that evil exists Beowulf takes it upon himself to announce several great deeds that he will perform to help countries in need One of these deeds is his offer to King Hrothgar in which he proposes to slay Grendel Beowulf states Single-handed Ill settle the strife In this statement Beowulf is simply stating that he will kill this evil creature Grendel Another selfless act Beowulf states is that he will slay Grendels mother Beowulf declares And I give you pledge She Grendels mother shall not in safety escape to cover Beowulf promises to see to it that Grendels mother will be killed After Beowulf becomes king in Geatland he shows his great ability once more by pledging to kill the fire-dragon The ring-prince scorned to assault the dragon the poet said Beowulf is said to have pledged to kill the dragon which has caused a disturbance among his people These selfless acts offered by Beowulf display much of the goodness that is present in Beowulf Goodness is not only portrayed by selfless acts but also by its ability to purge and cleanse evil This is first shown after Beowulf slays Grendel The poet says Beowulf Had purged of evil the hall of Hrothgar and cleansed of crime the heart of the hero The good
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA