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Ever since Cain killed his brother Abel death and murder have been a part of human society The man always killed the other man physically or mentally to gain something for himself something that may be a tangible thing such as food or money or intangible things such as power or pride Throughout the British epic poem Beowulf there are many killings and deaths Grendel a gigantic troll-like ogre kills Danish thanes Beowulf comes to the rescue and kills Grendel and his mother Also Beowulf kills a dragon and gets killed by the dragon The most important theme of the great epic poem Beowulf is death By the death of the enemy characters in the poem earn pride and dignity The poem is about a hero from the land of the Geats to help the kingdom of Danes Danes have a place called Heorot a huge mead-hall and one night without warning Grendel attacks the hall because of his jealousy of human society Grendel is a hideous monster similar to a troll or an ogre He envies the fellowship and happiness he sees he hates living the fens excluded from the company of men so he stalks the moors jealous of the pleasure of mankind Hrothgar the King of Danes is old and physically unable to avenge the deaths of his thanes When Beowulf hears about Hrothgars situation he decides to help him by fighting with Grendel First he fights with Grendel in the Heorot when he attacks the hall Beowulf cracks one of the Grendels arms free of its socket ripping sinews and tearing muscles Grendel runs away and Beowulf follows his bloody trail but does not find the dead body of Grendel Heorot is rebuilt and redecorated removing all the marks of Grendels attack King Hrothgar thanks Beowulf for killing Grendel One night Grendels mother attacks Heorot and takes one of Hrothgars thanes Beowulf goes to the Grendels mothers home - a boiling
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