The Un-Human Enemies of Beowulf

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The writer discusses the fact that in Beowulf, which is the oldest poem in English, many of Beowulf's enemies are non-humans. These enemies include Grendel and his mother who are monsters, and the dragon who finally takes Beowulf's life. The writer suggests that the poet used these creatures to remind readers that the poem is about issues much larger than human concerns, such as the clash between good and evil. The paper is five pages long and has four sources listed in the bibliography.