Beowulf @ Ellis

Kelsey P.

Evil Challenging Good

            In my artistic portion of the Beowulf project, I was using Grendel to represent darkness and evil in the epic poem, Beowulf.  I used such examples as Grendel himself, nighttime, a murky swamp/lake, Grendel’s own arm, as well as his mother.  The pictures are organized on the poster to show their importance to the theme of evil.  However, I also wanted to show that good does not ultimately triumph over evil.  Although good may win a few battles over evil, evil will always come back and challenge good again, whether in a new way, shape, or form.
            In the epic poem, there is both good and evil, light and dark.  The knight representing Beowulf is used to symbolize good and light since knights are usually known for their courage, strength and loyalty.  Knights are usually known as courageous and brave.  People sort of expect bravery and heroism from knights because that it what they are trying to portray themselves as, brave, strong, loyal, courageous, etc.  In the epic poem, Beowulf is a warrior that is well-known for winning battles.  The blue and red colors around the picture of the knight are colors that represent Beowulf because red and blue are strong, loyal colors.  They show power and strength.  The knight, and blue and red were good representations of Beowulf because Beowulf is a symbol of bravery, courage, strength, loyalty and power.  The picture of Grendel is placed in the middle in the poster board to portray the symbolism of darkness.  In the epic poem, Grendel symbolizes darkness.  He is evil and evil is dark and mysterious.  The pictures that symbolize darkness above Grendel are nighttime, a murky, dark swamp lake, Grendel’s mother, and Grendel himself.  One of the pictures is a picture of nighttime in a forest.  In Beowulf, Grendel only comes out at night.  Nighttime is the darkest part of the day.  Sometimes you can never know what kind of things will happen at night, so it almost makes it dark and mysterious, just like evil.  I put a picture of a dark, murky, sad-looking swamp above Grendel too.  In Beowulf, Grendel’s mother is described as living in such a place like this.  Dark green and brown are the colors for the background because they match the colors of the swamp lake that Grendel’s mother lives in.  Darker colors are not usually associated with light which is why they represent Grendel’s mother’s lair.  The picture of Grendel’s claw that Beowulf cut off in their battle is in the bottom left hand corner, because it was the death of Grendel and a fall for not only Grendel and his mother, but for evil too.  The picture of Beowulf battling Grendel’s mother is placed in the bottom right hand corner.  This was also a falling point for Grendel’s mother and evil.  Having both of them badly injured or killed, by Beowulf makes him more admirable and well known as a hero because he has killed to creatures that are evil.  Right above the picture of Grendel are weapons.  Grendel put a spell on the weapons, which might have been a rise or an advantage for him in battle.  This act of Grendel’s is a part of evil so I made the swords dark colors to represent darkness and wickedness.  Evil is represented in many ways such as shape & form.  Evil challenges good multiple times in smaller battles, but the overall battle to destroy evil will never be won by good and light. 

Melted, blood soaked, dripping down like water, disappearing like ice when the world’s eternal lord loosens invisible fetters and unwinds icicles and frost as only He can, He who rules time and seasons, He who is truly God (1606).

            This quote explains that only God can defeat evil; that there may be numerous smaller battles with good versus evil, but the overall battle between the two, can only be determined by God. 
            In the artistic portion of my Beowulf project, I used different examples of darkness and evil in the epic poem, but focusing on one character in particular, Grendel.  I used examples such as his mother, nighttime, and the murky, dark swamp lake his mother lives in.  I also, however, used an example of good and light in my project.  I used a picture of a knight to represent Beowulf.  In the epic poem, evil challenges good multiple times.  Evil is so strong that it keeps coming back in different forms to test good.  In most cases, good triumphs over evil:  “The old king bent close to the handle of the Ancient relic, and saw written there the story of ancient wars between good and evil” (1686).  However, in the poem, evil will always be there, just at different times.  So ultimately neither good nor evil wins the overall battle.  Evil will always surround us.  While good may win the little battles against evil, evil and darkness will always be around us.


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