Many critics and teachers believe that Beowulf contains themes that are relevant to modern life.

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The story of Beowulf is the eternal story of good versus evil, a theme that is still relevant to modern life. Grendel is the descendant of Cain, the evil son of Adam and Eve who slew his brother, Abel. Grendel detests hearing the merrymaking in the mead hall, Heorot, that Hrothgar, the Danish king, has built, and he vows vengeance upon Hrothgar's men. As the king of darkness, Grendel rules the nighttime and slaughters his victims in darkness. On the other hand, Beowulf is the quintessence of good. He comes across the sea to help the Danes because Hrothgar helped his father, and he valiantly attacks Grendel. Beowulf is brave and willing to risk his life to pay a debt that his family owes Hrothgar. He eventually rids the Danes of Grendel and his equally awful...

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