The Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf is the most important work of Old
English literature, and is well deserved of the distinction. The epic tells the
story of a hero, a Scandinavian prince named Beowulf, who rids the Danes
of the monster Grendel, a descendent of Cain, and of his exploits fighting
Grendel's mother and a Dragon. Throughout the epic, the Anglo-Saxon
story teller uses many elements to build a certain depth to the characters.
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evil in any form including that of his foe
Grendel. This deed serves throughout the epic serves as a symbol of
Beowulf has many other such archetypal, symbolic themes and
motifs, but the most important themes that serve to add depth to the
characters are the wealth, honor, religious, man, and wildness themes.
These themes don't only serve to define a character, but they also factor in
as a motive for their actions.