Beowulf @ Ellis

Tayler W.

Beowulf Project Essay

             In the poem Beowulf, the monster Grendel is portrayed as evil and mean, and he represents darkness. This poster about Grendel and different parts of his life. It represents the themes of fate, fame, and light vs. dark. These are the three main themes of the poem Beowulf.
              The lake in the background is where Grendel and his mother lived.  His lake is dark, with a lot of different creatures in it: “They named the huge on Grendel: If he had a father no one knew him, or whether there’d been others before these two, Hidden evil before hidden evil. They live in secret places, windy cliffs, wolf-dens where water pours from the rocks then runs underground, where mist steams like black clouds, and the groves of trees growing out over their lake are all covered….” (1354-1362). This is a description of objects that were in the lake. I also drew bubbles, steam, waves, dead heads, seaweed, and dead creatures. In the poem Grendels Lake has bubbles, and steam in it but I added dead heads, and dead creatures to be even more creative. The dead heads represents the people Beowulf has killed, and his evil nature. The dead creatures to represent everything and anything Beowulf killed, including creatures, and different bugs.
              The bubbles in the lake represents different parts of Grendels life, and different objects that were apart of him. In one bubble I Grendel is fighting Beowulf. This shows that Grendel isn’t afraid of anyone; he will stand up and fight anyone who wants to stand up against him. Although Beowulf is the strongest man on the earth; Grendel isn’t afraid to fight him. This shows that Grendel had a big heart: “Then he stepped to another still body, clutched Beowulf with his claws, grasped at a strong-hearted wakeful sleeper- and was instantly seized himself, claws bent back as Beowulf leaned up on one arm. That shepherd of evil, guardian on crime knew at once that no where on earth had he met a man whose hands were harder; his mind was flooded with fear- but nothing could take his talons and himself from that tight hard grip. Grendels one thought was to run from Beowulf…..” (746- 756). Even though Grendel knew that he was going to die and he felt like running from Beowulf, he stayed there and fought for his life. This also shows fate; which was also a big theme in the poem.
             In another bubble Grendel only comes out at night: “Then when darkness had dropped, Grendel went up to Herot, wondering what the warriors would do in that hall when their drinking was done” (2: 115-117). This shows the dark. Showing that Grendel is evil, and being the dark colors represent evilness; I show that he only come out at night which is in the dark. This also shows the difference between light and dark. Light is when all the good people come out like Beowulf and Hrothgar, and that represents God. Dark is when the bad people come out the Grendel, and Grendels mother. The dark represents evil. This was a big thing that was mentioned in the book a lot. Just in general light and dark were mention multiple times.
             In another bubble, Grendels arm that was left over when he fought Beowulf. This shows that something was left of him, when he died, and even though he is dead, there is still a part of him left on earth. This relates to the theme of how you are famous, and everyone knows you when you are alive, but when you are dead you are even more famous then you were when you were alive. This is also a big theme in the poem. “The victory, for the proof, hanging high from the rafters where Beowulf had hung it, was the monsters arm, claw, shoulder and all” (12: 833-836). This quote shows that parts were left of Grendels body that Beowulf kept, to show that he did indeed kill Grendel.
             In my last bubble I have the weapons that Grendel put a spell on before he was completely dead: “Had bewitched all men’s weapons, laid spells that blunted every mortal man’s blade. And yet his time had come, his days were over, his death near, down to hell he would go…” (12: 803-807). This shows how strong he was. Even though he was dying, he still had power enough to put a spell on the weapons. This also shows how Grendel was going to hell, because he was evil, and mean.
              Overall, my poster is about how Grendel was portrayed as evil which he represents darkness, whereas Beowulf was portrayed as the hero, who represented darkness. My poster also concluded the different aspects of Grendels life, and where, and how he lived. The three themes which were fate, becoming famous, and light vs. dark.


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