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For Beowulf's resume, what can I put for Beowulf's Education?

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sarahtang1990 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 24, 2007 at 1:52 PM via web

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For Beowulf's resume, what can I put for Beowulf's Education?

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merehughes | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted October 24, 2007 at 3:55 PM (Answer #1)

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You could list his training as a warrior in his own country. There is no concrete evidence for this but we do know that he was well known as a warrior and hero before he came to help Hrothgar.  If you wanted to get really creative and modern, you could list such things as 'saving damsels in distress 101' or 'rescuing people from fire breathing dragons 101' something in those lines would fit into a fictional education and training for Beowulf.

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teacherscribe | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted October 24, 2007 at 9:44 PM (Answer #2)

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If you are looking for exact information about Beowulf\'s past as a warrior, look to the lines where Unferth challenges Beowulf\'s reputation as a warrior. There Beowulf gives a good account of all of his heroic deeds. You could certainly use that for his education and training.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 25, 2007 at 12:40 AM (Answer #3)

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Don't forget too, that he is the son of a worthy man and has learned from the very beginning all the lessons which go with his place in society.  He would have learned horsemanship, sailing, swordsmanship, perhaps how to use a bow and arrow.  He would also have lessons in managing and leading large groups of men as the future would most definitely hold a time for him to lead them into battle...like with Grendel, Grendel's mom and the dragon. 

This sounds like a fun assignment.  As long as whatever you put makes sense, seems like you might even be able to fabricate a little.  Have some fun with it...for instance, Beowulf took classes in how to handle all the adoring female fans he would later have, etc.

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