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Grendel Grendel is a symbol of evil in Beowulf Grendel gave numerous symbols to show that he was evil like his description environment actions and words that others said about him Grendels environment and description show him to be a symbol of evil Grendel lived in darkness Darkness symbolizes evil It says in the poem Grendel made his home in a hell not a hell but earth 1341 It describes Grendel as being spawned in that slime conceived by a pain of those monsters born of Cain murderous creatures banished by God punished forever for the crime of Abels death 1443 So mankinds enemy continued his crimes killing as often as he could coming alone bloodthirsty and horrible Though he lived in Herot when the night hid him he never dared to touch king Hrothgars glorious throne protected by GodGod whose love Grendel could not know 15101 Grendels actions showed him to be a symbol of evil Grendel hated for Danes to be happy It says A powerful monster living down in the darkness growled in pain impatient as day after day the music rang loud in the hall the harps rejoicing call and the poets clear songs sung of the ancient beginnings of us all recalling the almighty making the earth shaping these beautiful plains marked off by oceans then proudly setting the sun and moon to glow across the land and light it the corners of the earth were made lovely with trees and leaves made quick with life with each of the nations who now move on its face 1323 Once it became dark Grendel went to Herot curious what the worriers were doing when the were through drinking he found them sprawled in sleep suspecting nothing their dreams undisturbed The monsters thoughts were as quick as his greed or his claws He slipped through the door and there in silence snatched up thirty men smashed them unknowi ng in their
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