What do Grendel and the dragon symbolize in Beowulf?

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To understand the symbolism behind Grendel one needs to understand the Biblical references in the poem. In the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, the first murder in human history is the killing of Able by his brother, Cain. He was jealous of his brother because God accepted Able's offering and not Cain's. As a result, Cain was thrown...

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