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Echoes of Monstrosities Every society has demons and monsters that the members of that society are fearful of Those fears are only reflections of the society that are seen in that monster In the long epic poem Beowulf there are three monsters that reflect aspects of Germanic warrior society Grendel is portrayed as a vicious flesh-eating monster yet the Germanic warrior fear of loneliness resides within him Grendels mother harshly revenges the death of her son which exactly relates to the code of blood revenge in the warrior culture The last of the monsters in the poem is the fire-breathing dragon that is an echo of the ultimate hlaford and symbolizes the circle of life All three of the monsters symbolically represent aspects of the Germanic culture Grendel is characterized as the embodiment of evil and his narrative function is to parallel Cain or Satan Throughout the introduction of Grendels character there are countless references to the devil and hell to illustrate him A fiend out of hell began to work his evil on the world ll 100-101 Cains clan whom the Creator had outlawed and condemned as outcasts ll 106-107 He is also described as a God-cursed brute l 121 and the Lords outcast l 169 The author even goes on to compare Grendel to a vampire Then as dawn brightened and the day broke Grendels powers of destruction were plain ll 126-127 This metaphor depicts Grendel as a blood-sucking vampire whose powers are greater in the time of darkness and night Why then is Grendel so malevolent Why would he want to cause so much harm to Herot Throughout the descriptions of Grendel the narrator portrays him as a man on a lonely mission So Grendel ruled out in defiance of right one against allll 144-145 Grendel has been exiled because of his monstrous appearance He had dwelt for a time in misery among the banished monsters ll104-105 Grendel is
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