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Beowulf Essay

973 words - 4 pages

Light vs. Dark

In the epic poem Beowulf, a battle between light and dark arises throughout Heorot, and even though it looked as if darkness had fallen over society, light broke through the darkness, ultimately shining back onto civilization. This darkness that has fallen over Heorot follows Grendel, the monster from Hell, with every step he takes. Only coming out at night to terrorize the people, this darkness seems to be unbeatable, and all hope seems lost. But, Beowulf, a warrior who “swam in the blackness of night, hunting monsters out of the ocean, and killing them one by one” (Beowulf 417-422) has come to Heorot with the intention of driving out this darkness. This epic battle ...view middle of the document...

They use the darkness to hide themselves from the good so that they can raise fear in the victims mind, ultimately making them afraid of the dark. In comparison, Grendel uses his tactic of attacking during the night to create fear in the people’s mind because most people are afraid of what they cannot see, making Grendel look as if he is even more frightening then he may be. Once the light from the sun faded, “No one waited for reparation from his plundering claws: That shadow of death hunted in the darkness” (Beowulf 156-159), which means that this darkness brings with it death. This shows that everyone who had heard about Grendel feared him greatly, but because the night sky would fall upon them and they could not see, they were unfortunately unable to avoid him. In relation to this, whenever darkness falls over the real world, most people are visited by death and breathe their last breathe and are then taken away to even heaven or hell. This relates to what Grendel is in the book, who acts as a hand in death. Death is something that all people are unable to avoid, but there are ways to fight death and stay alive longer than expected, which is why it is better to follow in the light than in the darkness.
Beowulf brings with him the hope and strength to defeat Grendel, which would help to spread light back into Heorot and make the people feel safe even if it is covered in the darkness of night. Beowulf has this unique light that gives him courage and the power to defeat the darkness that lurks out of sight. Some of the monsters aren’t even on land, so he “swam in the blackness of night, hunting monsters out of the ocean, and killing them one by one; death was my errand and the fate they had...

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