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Beowulf vs Grendal Grendal a descendant of Cain is one of the main antagonist of the poem Beowulf He lives under an inherited curse and is denied Gods presence Throughout the story Grendal causes enormous grief and fear to the people of Herot After so much pain and agony the king of Herot Hrothgar sends for the protagonist of the poem Beowulf He is a Geat and the epic hero of the poem The wide variety of distinctions between Grendal and Beowulf is what develops the climax of the composition Beowulf kills Grendal so he is honored by the people of Herot for his heroic act Since Grendal and Beowulf play opposite roles in the poem Beowulf they let the reader know how contrasting characters can develop the plot of the story Grendal is known as a monster and portrays one of the many villains in the poem He is referred to as the guardian of his sins Grendal depicts a heathen the physical image of man estranged from God Basically Grendal reflects a physical monster an ogre who is hostile to humanity Grendals constant visits to Hrothgars mead hall for bloody feasts made him feel powerful over Gods humanity Unfortunately the night Beowulf lies in wait for him he assumes that his bloody feasts will continue and Grendal gives no attention to his method of attack Grendal is then killed Beowulf the heroic figure in the poem is known throughout the land as a courageous man who performs great deeds of valor He is a Geat who later becomes the king of the Geats Beowulfs strength seems to be a gift from God As a noble and kind man Beowulf comes to Herot to save them from Gods foe Before Beowulf initiates battle with Grendal he exhibits a sense of fairness in not using a weapon against the monster This demonstrates a great difference between the two
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