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In the Epic Unit, the main focus as a reader was on the evident themes portrayed in the novels Beowulf and Grendel. These themes were seen in a variety of methods used by the author point of view, purpose, style of the text, persuasiveness, beauty of the text, and a number of other ways. Major themes seen in both of these stories are search for identity and violence. These themes are in both these stories and are what bring power and uniqueness to the style of the writing. Beowulf and Grendel are both very well known for displaying what a true epic hero was and showed the flaws every epic hero had as well. In both Grendel and Beowulf, a strong theme seen the author’s point of view is a search for identity. It is not just Beowulf and Grendel …show more content…
She was searching for herself in this moment and was trying to decipher what she really wanted in that moment; revenge or physical pleasure. In Beowulf, Beowulf is seen as a hero, a courageous and willful man who was capable of taking down the biggest threat of the kingdom. He came to the kingdom and guaranteed this win, which he got, but throughout his stay, Beowulf had to constantly explain and justify his identity. He had to prove to others that he was truly what people had heard of him. He had a reputation unlike any other so of course someone was always there to try to bring him down and prove him wrong. Unferth, who was envious of all Beowulf had conquered, accused him of not living up to his reputation when he lost a swim match with Breca. Beowulf had to explain that he battled for his life in icy waters and killed sea monsters that were disrupting ocean traffic in the area. Beowulf not only proved that he did indeed win the battle, but he benefited sea travel for all. Beowulf’s men/troops had trouble with their identities when they were supposed to assist Beowulf in his battles but backed out, leaving him to fight alone. These

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