Beowulf sees enormous amounts of treasure in Grendel's mother's lair, but all he takes are the jewel-inlaid hilt of the melted sword and Grendel's severed head. Beowulf swims back to the surface of the lake, where his warriors are overjoyed to see him. The Geats return to Heorot Hall, taking Grendel's enormous severed head with them. The head.
The literary canon is now considered to contain works which reflect on the general human condition and not particular groups. This has not always been so: in the 19 th century literary theory was interested in historical perspectives in literature. Literature was interpreted according to the period in which and the people by whom it was written.