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How and when do animals appear in Beowulf?Not imaginary or monsters, REAL animals

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jjdramaqueen | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 20, 2009 at 10:49 PM via web

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How and when do animals appear in Beowulf?

Not imaginary or monsters, REAL animals

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emeraldjde | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 21, 2009 at 7:49 AM (Answer #1)

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A fabulous look at the types of animals present in Beowulf, when those animals appear, and how those animals were relevent to the Anglo-Saxons can be found here

http://ldolphin.org/cooper/ch11.html

As you read (you can skim through the very first few parts to get the the important stuff), you will see mention of many types of "real" animals and descriptions of when they are found within the epic, Beowulf's (or his men's) response to the animals, and so on.

Also, keep in my that the Anglo-Saxons are pagans who think differently about animals than you might expect.  Perhaps looking into the history of Anglo-Saxons might be useful to you, too.  Here's a good place to start that journey:

http://www.britainexpress.com/History/anglo-saxon_life.htm

Don't forget to take advantage of eNotes in-depth study guides when you start discussing the monsters.  You'd be surprised at what those monsters might actually represent.  Get a head start on that here:

http://www.enotes.com/beowulf/themes

Good luck with it!

 

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