I read both the essay " and the Origins of Civilizations" and the responses on monsters and began thinking about how closely related heroes, gods, and monsters are. Beowulf is a hero because his challenges are outrageous, his strength is unexplainable and his willingness to defeat enemies that are frightening in their own right stuns us, leaves a taste of what could be, perhaps of what we wish to be. Beowulf is a loner especially when he is battling an evil, he is an outsider because he is the only mentioned character with such abilities, but what then could make him a monster?
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