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The epic poem Beowolf is one of the founding pieces of literature known to man The author of the poem is unknown It is believed that he was a monk or someone of the Christian faith Although during the time of Beowolf there would not have been Christian beliefs Although in the poem there are more than twenty-five lines of references to the Christian belief The poem is about good vs evil or the heavens vs hell Paganistic implications are also in the poem Paganism would be the true religion in the time when this poem was written or first told An idolatrous person is a pagan A pagan is someone who worships many gods Pagans believe in fate They think that your life is inevitably happening as though it has already been determined by a higher source or power Which religion paganism or Christianity is more dominant and decides more in the poem Beowolf In Beowolf Grendel is described as a powerful murderous loathsome man-eating monster that lives at the bottom of a foul mountain lake In the poem Grendel is portrayed as one of the devils creature or the devil himself The following passage shows us how Grendel was born in evil Conceived by a pair of those monsters born Of Cain murderous creatures banished By God punished forever for the crime Of Abels death20-23 Grendel is a horrifying creature If he feels love it is only that of killing people and drinking their blood There is never a passage describing him as any type of a good being He is always referred to as a demon monster or evil savage In todays society when anyone thinks of the devil they Kirkland2 think of dark gloomy grotesque places or settings In the poem Beowolf the only time that Grendel comes out is when there are these same type of settings This is one description of where Grendel stalked That shadow of
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