Put simply, the monster Grendel, who is "hell's captive", is in the powerful death-grip of Beowulf. His throat is "taut", that is to say stretched out as Beowulf slowly strangles him. Beowulf has no intention of letting go; he's determined to hold on to the monster until he dies. ("[T]ill its life leaped out.")
We learn a lot about Beowulf from this brief extract. He's strong and powerful, someone strong enough to protect other men as well as taking on and defeating the most powerful of monsters. Indeed, Beowulf, this mighty Geatish warrior, isn't just strong; he's the strongest man in the whole world. He's just the right man, then, for killing Grendel. For he, and he alone, is capable of ridding the Danes once and for all of this savage monster that has terrorized them for so many years.
Paraphrasing the phrases from Beowulf’s battle with the beast Grendel simply put them into an easier to understand format. The scene describes Grendel being defeated by strangulation from Beowulf. A...
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