How does Wealhtheow compare and contrast with Grendel's mother from Beowulf?

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On one level, Hrothgar's queen, Wealhtheow, and Grendel's mother, who is nameless, cannot contrast more starkly. Even though they are both female characters in a masculine society, Wealhtheow exhibits the gentleness and political astuteness we expect from a high-ranking woman, but Grendel's mother, because she is a descendant of Cain, views mankind with the same implacable hatred as Grendel. Women of royal status in Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon tribes are often referred to as peace-bringers or peace-weavers because they serve as moderating influences on the masculine aggression of a warrior societies, and that is Wealhtheow's role in Beowulf. Like Grendel, Grendel's mother is a force of nature bent on man's destruction. There exists, however, a subtle but important point of comparison—both females take steps to either preserve their children or, having lost the chance to preserve, avenge a child's death.

Early in the celebration after Grendel's death, Hrothgar essentially adopts Beowulf as...

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