A comparison of Grendel and Macbeth

The characters of Grendel and Macbeth are quite different representations of evil in the respective works, Beowulf and Macbeth. Macbeth is a human character who is given agency and chooses to take an evil path, presented in a highly psychologised and even sympathetic way. In contrast, Grendel as “kindred of Cain” (106) has some human lineage, but is clearly represented as being monstrous by nature, with no potential to choose otherwise.

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