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Heroism in Beowulf and Macbeth

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  1. Introduction
  2. Beowulf's honor
  3. Beowulf's victory
  4. Chance of redemption
  5. Guilt of Macbeth's actions
  6. Conclusion

Grendel first appeared in Herot, the mead hall of the king of the Danes, Hrothgar. Disturbed by the feasting and celebration taking place in the evenings by Danish warriors and heroes, who often met in the hall to tell exaggerated tales of glory and drink mead, Grendel stole in during the night and tore the men and hall to pieces, leaving the hall in chaos. He continued these actions, night after night, with no man able to defend the hall against his wrath. This became a problem for the Danes, since the newly built hall of their king was repeatedly being trespassed and sacked by a single creature, and so Hrothgar called in heroes to deal with the problem. Thus, word of these vicious assaults eventually reached Beowulf, a Geatish warrior, who decides to try his luck at slaying Grendel, with a select group of his fellow warriors.

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