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Although Grendel and Beowulf are used in Beowulf as symbolic opposition who represent good and evil in reality they contain similar ties leading the reader to question the storys black and white portrayal of good and evil Its not a matter of being good or evil in reality it comes down to how you are viewed by ignorant society Society loves to stereotype and over exaggerate Both Grendel and Beowulf are victims of ancestry and society which dictate the way they are supposed to act They fall into the abyss of dos and donts which their surroundings impose and unconsciously they are bound to follow them Many times as the author portrays something as evil the reader assumes it to be true without seeking justification between the lines As Grendel is introduced in the poem the grim spirit was called Grendel a famous march-stepper who held the moors the fen and the fastnessBeowulf 2 right away he is portrayed as an outcast When people think outcastthey right away assume there is something wrong with the being because hes not like they are hes different However less emphasis is put on the quote which explains why the creature is as it is The hapless creature sojourned for a space in the sea-monsters home after the Creator had condemned him The eternal Lord avenged the murder on the race of Cain because he slew Abel Beowulf 3 This clearly explains the creature itself had nothing to do with the way it was raised nor the purpose which it has on Earth Grendel is cursed through his line of ancestors In the Germanic tribal society of Grendel ones ancestry played a key role in identifying the persons position in life Despite the authors attempt to portray Grendel as purely evil his human sensitive side seeps through the lines Even in an act considered as pure hatred a streak of pain or motive is
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