Grendel it biblically described as evil in this excerpt: was spawned in that slime, Conceived by a pair of those monsters born Of Cain, murderous creatures banished By God, punished forever for the crime Of Abel’s death.
The Almighty drove Those demons out, and their exile was bitter, Shut away from men; they split Into a thousand forms of evil–spirits And feinds, goblins, monsters, giants, A brood forever opposing the Lord’s Will, and again and again defeated.
It serves to give the reader an idea of why Grendel would kill the Danes for no reason other than their happiness.
Beowulf also has a religious motif to his character.
These Christian themes have become very important to the epic to add am element of depth that wouldn’t be possible in modern times due to the lost of the Anglo-Saxon culture and beliefs.
An example of the Biblical motif in Beowulf is Grendel.
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.
Another Biblical reference in Beowulf is shown in the tower of Herot which is very similar to the tower of Babel in the fact that it’s built as a sign of superiority and accomplishment.
Like Babel, though, Herot only serves as a symbol of downfall more than one of glory because it causes many deaths and the coming of Grendel. Biblical themes and motifs, character is also shown through a certain Man vs. This motif shows the difference between mankind’s ways good, and evil’s wild nature evil.