Good, Evil and Beowulf Book Review by Peter Pen

Good, Evil and Beowulf
This paper examines the issues of good and evil in the modern translation of Beowulf by Alan Sullivan and Timothy Murphy.
# 103296 | 1,217 words | 1 source | 2008
Published on May 01, 2008 in Sociology (General) , Literature (General)


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In this article, the writer discusses that the theme of good versus evil and the importance of community support are evident in Alan Sullivan and Timothy Murphy's modern day translation of Beowulf. The writer explains that Beowulf, who is an honorable, strong and courageous warrior, sets out to protect the people of Heorot from the evils of the world, which are Grendel, Grendel's mother, and a fierce Dragon. The people of Heorot are a society who value honor, loyalty, and courage in one another and believe that strong community support is needed for survival. Beowulf is dedicated to his fellow men and strives for the greater good of all, especially in times of war. The writer notes that although Beowulf was never motivated by greed or selfishness, it is the decline in society's honor and loyalty which resulted in his tragic death. The writer concludes that he will be remembered and respected as an honorable, loyal and courageous warrior who left behind a legacy for all.

From the Paper:

"Beowulf is dedicated to his fellow men and strives for the greater good of all, especially in times of war. Beowulf also deals with the Christian views of greed, selfishness and human behavior, along with its negative consequences. Beowulf's dedication to the people of Heorot never ceases, he is only as strong as the community support surrounding him. Although Beowulf was never motivated by greed or selfishness, it is the decline in society's honor and loyalty which resulted in his tragic death."
"Beowulf's strength and honorable character is not only an example of his father's upbringing but also of inherited traits. Beowulf, who was raised by a father who was a highly respected warrior of his time, learned the importance of a supportive community from an early age."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beowulf, translation by Alan Sullivan and Timothy Murphy

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