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Since the dawn of time the forces of evil have always tried to gain an upper hand over the forces of good The battles between these two forces have transcended time in both different forms and in different places A hero is believed to be a figure renowned for exceptional nobility courage and fortitude He shows fairness to all he comes across including his enemies The villain the force of evil is characterized as malicious and does things in which are morally wrong Beowulf was an ideal hero who fights for his people and vanquishes evil with his extraordinary abilities to bring peace and justice but gets caught up in the moment Grendel was an alienated individual who just wants to be a part of something but was not thought of as an equal more of as an animal in this poem Beowulf was the hero present to defend the realm of God and to vanquish the evil but showed more of an evil motive in dealing with Grendel He came to Herot as the savior to men for he may purge all evil from this hall line 261 Beowulf was eager in gaining the peoples respect and restoring peace to the community He requested to journey to Herot at a time of crisis to fend off its evil He seeks fame and notoriety by slaying the demoniacal monster Grendel which terrorizes the hall that Hrothgar built He showed traits of an oppressor when Grendel tried to flee but nothing could take his talons and himself from that tight hard grip line 328 Beowulf saw the signs of weakness nurtures off Grendels suffering and was happy to inflict it He should have let Grendel go who was already in a state of shock because Beowulf was beating the life out of him He was thoroughly ecstatic that he had torn Grendels arm off from his shoulder which he had hung up as a
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