Heroes or Monsters?
The Danes. Did you notice how the Danes do exactly what Grendel and his mother do? Hall-wrecking and revenge! So are these monsters a mirror to the heroes?
The Geats. Beowulf is called Hygelac’s “good“ kinsman. Yet Hygelac is a notorious historical figure with an international reputation for murder and marauding. So does that perhaps mean that Beowulf is also “good” at murder and marauding?
Circular Curses: What goes around comes around.
Inherited Curses: The crimes of the past are visited on the present.
(inherited curses include objects like swords and treasure too)
Paradoxical Curses: Objects or gestures marked with godly attributes may repel characters motivated by demonic impulses. Objects or gestures marked by demonic attributes may repeal characters motivated by godly impulses.
There is a war on between God and the Devil.
The devil promotes acts of murder, plunder, and treachery.
God promotes acts of protection, gift-giving, and promise-keeping.
GAME ON! Can you tell the difference between the demonic and the godly? In this game, your own immortal soul is at stake.
Stay alert: what do you know that the characters don’t know?
Be on the lookout for anyone who claims to be loyal and beware false words.