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In many stories throughout ancient times Monsters have been the focus of the problems in ones society These creatures of the dark have always posed a certain threat to society Further monsters have been connected to features that are non human or primitive animal like features Beowulf whose author is unknown is a poem which portrays these themes associated with In this poem monsters are shown as beings which exhibit the dark side of man and have features that are animal-like and later showing how man avoids such beings Throughout the poem three monsters appear from the darkness Grendel a powerful monster spawned from hell Grendels mother a creature that lives in a cold murky lake and the Dragon a great beast who symbolizes death All of the monsters in this poem exhibit these traits of darkness Anger revenge and greed are traits of mans dark side which are also qualities in the monsters The representation of evil where rage is involved is most seen in the character of Grendel The idea of rage is seen as being linked to mans violent ways that are embodied in him The Author states living down in the darkness growled in pain impatient as day after day the music rang loud in the hall the harps rejoicing 26 exposes Grendels great fury against this enjoyment The narrator tells of Grendels features and origins which shows how he was spawned in that slime conceived of Cain murderous creatures banished By God 26 furthering the resentment of man and mans will of getting rid of such freakish creatures The authors notation of Cain from the bible in the line shows the dark side of man and how Grendel symbolizes it As opposed to Grendels deeds and wild rage Grendels mother can be seen as almost as monster with a vendetta Grendels mother could be viewed as having a human persona that is all too familiar to most
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