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Beowulf - Main Ideas and Themes

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Beowulf

In-Depth Study

Mark Tiberio

English 10 PIB

January 10, 2003

Main Ideas and Themes;

Good and Evil- The entire poem of Beowulf deals with the battle of good verses evil, good being Beowulf, his followers, Hrothgar, and Hrothgar's people, and evil being Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the dragon. In this poem the power of good overcomes all the evils, but not without the lose of life. These lives include that of Beowulf, Aeschere, and many of Hrothgar's people. The clashing of good and evil forces was the main method of creating interest and suspense in the poem. The fact that good always overcame evil shows that despite all the perils on the earth good will always prevail.

God and Fate- In the poem Beowulf there are many references to God despite the fact that the people, at the time the poem was composed, were of pagan belief. A few of these references include when Beowulf's spirit departs and when Beowulf says that God must decide who dies, referring to himself or Grendel. The later of these two examples also deals with fate, a general belief in the time that the

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