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December 19, 2014

Homework Help: English

Posted by Matthew on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 5:49pm.

Good Easter to you and your family, too, Writeacher.
I urgently need you to check this rephrase of the modern translation of the fight between Beowulf and Grendel by Seamus Heaney.
I need to be more precise in the description of the fight.


Nor did the creature keep him waiting
but struck suddenly and started in;
he grabbed and mauled a man on his bench,
bit into his bone-lappings, bolted down his blood
and gorged on him in lumps, leaving the body
utterly lifeless, eaten up
hand and foot. Venturing closer,
his talon was raised to attack Beowulf
where he lay on the bed, he was bearing in
with open claw when the alert hero's
comeback and armlock forestalled him utterly.
The captain of evil discovered himself
in a handgrip harder than anything
he had ever encountered in any man
on the face of the earth. Every bone in his body
quailed and recoiled, but he could not escape.

Here is the rephrase which needs to be more detailed.

1) The story takes place at night in Heorot and deals with the fight between the hero and the monstruous creature Grendel. Grendel eats a sleeping soldier savagely, then he stretches out his claws to attack Beowulf but he does not succeed in grasping him.
2) The hero forestalls to avoid Grendel's attack and manages to wound it. The monster is obliged to leave the palace and to hide in its den where he would die.
3) Beowulf has freed Heorot from the monster Grendel because he is proud and sure. Grendel instead is described as the captain of evil; it is a negative exoression which emphasises the fiendish feautures of the monster.

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