This epic poem continues with the urge to conquer the murderous demon Grendel. No other man has conquered such a horrific task, and no man has revenged those laid to rest by the beast. Grendel is the epitome of evil, and Beowulf was there to fight it. As Beowulf proclaims, “Let me live in greatness and courage, or here in this hall welcome my death!” (636-637) This happens right before the Danes go to their beds and wait for the evil to smother them once again. This proclamation is the basis for Beowulf being in the land of the Danes. He searched for that immortality, and if he could not win and live on forever, let him die now.