What annoys Grendel and leads to his attacks?
Grendel is annoyed by the happiness and singing of the warriors.
What universal conflict lies behind his war with Danes?
Battle between good and evil.
Why does Beowulf travel to Herot?
To rid denmark or danes of Grendel.
What do Beowulf’s motives for the trip tell you about his character?
He’s brave, adventurous, determined, and he hates evil and suffering.
How does the contrast between Grendel and Beowulf turn their conflict into a fight between good and evil?
Grendel hates others and loves evil, Beowulf is the ideal of goodness and grendel is the personification of evil.
Why is Beowulf’s defeat of Grendel might be described as the defeat of the “dark side” of the warriors life.
He eliminated evil from the world as well by killing Grendel.
Explain how the poem, by keeping Beowulf’s memory alive, keeps a culture’s values alive.
His culture valued a man who was strong, brave, wise, aware of his duty, and god-fearing.
What’s the theme in this story?
Good always triumphs over evil.