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Beowulfs story is somewhat of an allegory in which he is depicted as the Christ figure The theme of Beowulf is a contrast of good and evil which is manifest in both Christian and pagan elements Beowulf represents good while Grendel his mother and the dragon represent evil The first monster our hero Beowulf faces is Grendel Grendel is said to be a descendant of Cain Unhappy creature Grendel he lived for a time in the home of the monsters race after God had condemned them as kin of Cain Norton 28 Cain is the son of Eve the woman who bore sin into the world A connection however vague can be made between the maternal relations of Eve and Cain and Grendel and his mother Grendels mother can be considered to personify mans fall from grace and Grendel himself might embody sin Furthermore the dragon Beowulf battles can be said to be a picture of Satan the smooth hateful dragon who flies at night wrapped in flame 56 When facing Grendel Beowulf relies on God alone to protect him saying may wise God Holy Lord assign glory on whichever hand seems good to Him 36 When Beowulf tears off Grendels arm Hrothgar remarks I endured much from the foe many griefs from Grendel 39 It could be said that the Christian foe is sin which causes much grief Against Grendels mother original sin Beowulf becomes the Christian soldier When Beowulf struggles against Grendels mother God grants him a precious gift The Wielder of Men granted me that I should see hanging on the wall a fair ancient great-sword most often He has guided the man without friends that I should wield the weapon Norton 48 This great sword is further described as a victory-blessed blade an old sword made by the giants the work of giants Norton 47 The sword used to slay Grendels mother is work of her ancestral
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