But, in addition to status, the Anglo-Saxon culture also adds an element of honor.
Grendel’s wilderness is countered in mankind’s ways, especially Beowulf’s.
Beowulf is tame and civilized, the epitomy of goodness and purity.
One example of this is in Canto 6 line 381 in which Hrothgar states, “Our Holy Father had sent as a sign of His grace, a mark of His favor, to help us defeat Grendel and end that terror.” This religious description shows Beowulf as a sort of messiah sent by god to save man from evil.
But, more than that, since Beowulf is in fact not a messiah, this description shows the good in Beowulf’s heart and the purpose of his mission.
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Grendel, on the other hand, is the total opposite of Beowulf.
He has no wealth, no honor, and he in infamous as an evil killer.
The original Epic was obviously Paganistic due to the time period of it’s creation.
But, as time wore on, the rewriting and touching up of the manuscripts by various sources including religious monks, caused the characters to have slight Christian characteristics.