Grendel and the Dragon in Beowulf
I engaged in many wars during my past years and used to compare myself to Beowulf’s
character of being a warrior. This is certainly true as it is well played out in the novel; Beowulf.
Throughout his life, the hero has been defeating monsters despite facing many challenges.
Among the monsters are Grendel and the dragon who reveal much about the society and the
Christian values at that time. Even though the two monsters are defeated, they still posed a
danger to the new hero. Beowulf is at risk of not only losing his life but his humanity,
spirituality, and virtue. Grendel is wicked and appears to be wicked but in the real sense, he is
human and a kin of Cain (Goldsmith 118). At the same time, the dragon is not human but shows
how evil can easily crush the human spirit. Indeed, both of these monsters contribute to our
understanding of the ethical and social values in the society.
The Importance of the Monsters
The characterization of the monsters displays the societal situation during that time. Their
brutal nature in both monsters reveals the evil, sinful nature in humans. Even though one is half
human, they have lived in the human society (Harmer 155). In fact, they have never bothered
anyone until they were angered with some well-thought human acts. The nobl...