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Beowulf is an epic tale that has been changed over time to try and express a christian moral While this transformation over time has added a new variable to the plot it is still impossible to try and erase the original pagan plot completely It has become evident that the original epic was pagan and had no mention of the biblical references or the christian morality that it contains now However it is also evident that the original story dealt with the concept of a higher being or beings The overriding christian view has many facets and deals with them all as a new way of proposing christianity into the theme of the story The reason that Grendel becomes outraged is that the bard in the mead hall is singing a song that has to do with creation This shows Grendels apparent disregard for God and he proceeds to go to the hall and capture men and eat them while they are asleep As we progress into the story we learn that Grendel carries the curse of Cain with him He bore the curse of the seed of Cain Whereby God punished the grievous guilt of Abels murder Cain was the son of Adam and Eve and was the one who murdered Abel his brother out of a jealous rage for Gods favor to Abel This shows us that Grendel had more than just a dislike for the men the song was showing Grendel that his ancestor was looked upon as the bad person and was therefore the underlying concept for Grendels rage This was the constant reminder to Grendel of his evil past and thus his reasoning for his actions We learn to see Grendel as a less than human being but in actuality he is a monster who has a degree of humanity in him and that is the reason that he is so hard for Beowulf to kill He has the human
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