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Beowulf is an epic poem written in a period of instability and continuos warring This poem entails one of the most common themes in the history of the world good verses evil This theme is one that the human race has searched very long to find the answer to Religion morality law social standing and each individual world view what is good and what is evil In this poem the protagonist or the hero was Beowulf and the antagonists were Grendel his mother and a dragon However just as Americans view Arab nations as evil and they in return believe the same of Americans so did the protagonists of this epic poem Yet that same role can be reversed based on the worldview andor the beliefs of a person or a monster In this poem Beowulf was characterized as the valiant loyal and skilled hero who saves his fellow men from evil and savage monsters Beowulf was even confronted with the terrible monsters mother whom he defeats in a heroic battle He is then later killed while trying to protect his kingdom and men from a terrible dragon Beowulf has been made to seem so heroic and valiant He was protecting his people but for reasons different from those implied While reading the introduction to this section of literature the reader realizes that these ballads are made simply for the show and not for actual righteousness of the said fight He fought for honor and glory However wrong this may seem to todays society cultural relativity tends to be a misleading factor One does not know the implications and considerations that must be made in order to understand the ways of that particular society and era What the reader must consider however is that the story did not present the opposing stories of the said monsters Grendel the monster could have been as hideous as was stated but ha also could have been as
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