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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf has many qualities that make him a hero. Two major ones for his role as this sort of hero are his bravery and his fighting prowess. In other words, he is brave and a powerful fighter. His...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf derives from Scandanavian epic, a form of oral traditional literature. As is true in most oral epic, the characters of the poem are what literary critics refer to as "flat", as opposed to...

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  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    Some of the differences in the portrayals of nature between these two works have to do with a change in time, culture, and religion. Beowulf is an Old English poem, composed some time between the...

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  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    The antagonists in Beowulf are primarily monsters, figures of pure evil. Although Unferth is initially dubious about Beowulf, he is won over after the defeat of Grendel, and thus is not purely an...

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  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    In Beowulf, one woman shows strength within a stereotype while another woman, a "monster," assumes male characteristics that challenge typical notions of feminity. Wealhtheow, the queen of Daneland...

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  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    Beowulf: Of these three characters, Beowulf is probably the one who conforms to the relevant stereotype the most. Beowulf is a typical epic hero. An epic hero is a character who is larger-than-life...

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  • Beowulf
    Line 62 of Part II reads, Twelve years did the Scyldings' sovereign bear this trouble, having many woes and unending travails and indicates that Grendel, a monster who has made his home in a...

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  • Beowulf
    Here is a quick explanation of the symbolism behind each monster. For a quick answer, I would say there is great deal of connection between Grendel and his mother, as they are both part of the...

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  • Beowulf
    In the epic poem Beowulf, Grendel's mother attacks the Danes out of revenge. Beowulf had already defeated Grendel, the monster who had been haunting the Danes. However, Grendel--before dying from...

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  • Beowulf
    Throughout the majority of the epic, Beowulf is seen as an epic hero. He is portrayed as a courageous, strong leader. A later section in Beowulf, titled "The Last Battle," is where readers can...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf does a number of things in the epic Beowulf that show just how great his strength is. The most dramatic act, and the one that stays with most people, is when he tears the arm off the...

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  • Beowulf
    Throughout the course of events in Beowulf, the Thanes seemed to transform from happy people celebrating God to a group of sad men that ran for their lives to escape being killed by Grendel. For...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf's final battle is against a dragon who has invaded Geatland and has begun to ravage the countryside. It has been fifty years since Beowulf defeated Grendel and his mother, and the old king...

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  • Beowulf
    The old Anglo-Saxon Pagan religions did not envision an afterlife that included heaven the way modern monotheistic religions generally do. Because of this, people often tried to achieve a measure...

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  • Beowulf
    Although we study both Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as examples of "medieval English literature", they represent quite different time periods and cultural traditions. Beowulf is...

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  • Beowulf
    Almost all of the characters in the epic poem Beowulf are warriors. As such, they are an integral part of the Anglo-Saxon warrior culture that pervaded England from the early fifth-century AD until...

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  • Beowulf
    Joseph Campbell was an important scholar who analyzed dozens of heroic stories and found common characteristics that bound these stories together. While no two heros are exactly the same, Campbell...

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  • Beowulf
    The battle between Beowulf and Grendel is full of a mixture of excitement, horror, violence, and glory. To begin with there has been a lot of suspense rising in the 735 lines leading up the battle....

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  • Literature
    Why would it not be? An epic poem is a long narrative poem, and it generally depicts heroic tales. Beowulf meets both of those requirements and is generally considered a classic epic poem, just...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf, an epic poem composed sometime around the eighth century, tells the story of a hero named Beowulf who travels to Denmark to help rid the Danes of a pair of murdering monsters. The entire...

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  • Beowulf
    It should be noted that the quote, "the time for heroes is now dead" comes from the movie version of Beowulf, not the epic poem. The movie's interpretation of the story is much different than the...

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  • Beowulf
    So, you are referring to the 2007 film version of Beowulf, and not the original epic poem. In this film, there is a major difference in that Beowulf does not kill Grendal's mother; instead, when he...

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  • Beowulf
    Destiny is an interesting concept in the epic poem Beowulf. In most translations, this idea is expressed with the word "fate." I believe the poet has Beowulf die after his battle with the dragon...

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  • Beowulf
    Before I looked at your attachment, the compare/contrast ideas that sprang to my mind were the similarities in how the verse is written: They both use alliteration--repetition of (usually)...

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  • Beowulf
    First of all, let's think of a legacy as something that lives on after death. In Beowulf, the idea of a legacy is presented in two ways. In Anglo-Saxon England, the warrior culture determined much...

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  • Beowulf
    The first funeral we read about in this Anglo-Saxon poem is Scyld Scefing's ship burial. Scyld or Shild (in some translations) was a Danish king, famed for his battlefield exploits. At his death,...

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  • Beowulf
    The easy answer to your question is that Beowulf's retainers are simply too afraid of a supernatural being like the dragon to come to Beowulf's aid, but that is too easy of an answer. Their...

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  • Beowulf
    Many years after Beowulf defeated Grendel and his mother, a dragon comes to Geatland and begins terrorizing its inhabitants. Despite his advanced age, King Beowulf decides to face the dragon....

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  • Beowulf
    It's a lot easier to contrast the characters of Beowulf and Grendel than it is to compare them, so let's do the hard part first and look at how they are similar (comparison). Beowulf and Grendel...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf meets the characteristics of the epic poem in several ways. First, the character of Beowulf is not a commoner. He is of noble blood and is a man with authority over others. Eventually he...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf informs Hrothgar that if he should die in battle, the treasure Hrothgar has given him should go to Hygelac, Beowulf's uncle. Beowulf promises the sword, Hrunting, to Unferth if he should...

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  • Beowulf
    Although the world has changed since the days of Beowulf--and the role of the leader along with it--many of the characteristics of leadership remain the same. For example, good leaders must exhibit...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf's battle against Grendel's mother proves to be much more difficult than his earlier battle against Grendel himself. In fact, he very nearly loses the battle and is saved by a bit of good...

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  • Beowulf
    This occurs just after Beowulf is responding to Unferth who has challenged his boasts and reputation. Beowulf answers Unferth's challenges and this makes Hrothgar believe Beowulf is up to the...

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  • Beowulf
    The Beowulf poet is unknown. What we do know is that the epic poem was probably composed in the seventh or eighth century, possibly in Scandanavia. Later, around the year 1000, it is believed that...

    Asked by enotes on via web

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  • Beowulf
    As Beowulf opens, the Danish king Hrothgar and his men had languished under fear of the demon Grendel for twelve years. Beowulf, a Geat, liberates the Danes from the monster's haunting by slaying...

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  • Beowulf
    There are very few things about Beowulf's main character that are not chivalrous. [C]hivalry is essentially a martial ideal, a code of values that glorified military prowess as the supreme...

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  • Beowulf
    In Beowulf, there are pagan themes as well as Christian themes. Therefore, Anglo-Saxon society, as it is presented here, was in a transition period in terms of folklore and religious culture. Most...

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  • Beowulf
    In the epic Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, there are several motifs. One deals with the supernatural, another with violence and the third with death. In literature, the supernatural refers to anything...

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  • Beowulf
    When Beowulf comes to Heorot, he informs Hrothgar that he has heard of the destruction Grendel has caused and he promises to kill the monster. He adds that since Grendel does not use weapons, he...

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  • Beowulf
    After Beowulf slays Grendel and Grendel's mother, he returns to Geatland (modern day Sweden). His lord, Hygelac, and Hygelac's son eventually die, leaving the crown to Beowulf. After ruling for...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf shows loyalty in the story in several ways. First, he shows loyalty to his men by doing his very best to protect them and by fighting Grendel alone. He also shows loyalty to his king when...

    Asked by enotes on via web

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  • Beowulf
    Chivalry is the code of honor recognized by knights in the Middle Ages. Knights were supposed behave honorably toward each other by observing certain rules. In general, knights were expected to...

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  • Beowulf
    Hrothgar, king of the Scyldings (Danes), was a successful king and warrior. As a result, his followers were loyal and his band of followers grew. His intent in building Heorot (sometimes spelled...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf is the oldest long poem in English. It was written in what we now consider Old English (Anglo-Saxon). To the modern English speaker, Old English will sound like a different language and...

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  • Beowulf
    The Geats were a North Germanic tribe from southern Sweden. They are sometimes called Goths. The Old English word Geatas and the old Germanic word Goth are said to both derive from the meaning "to...

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  • Beowulf
    Grendel is the poem's first major antagonist. I say "first," because later in the poem Grendel's mother is the new antagonist. Grendel is described as a man-eating demon. It's not clear if...

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  • Beowulf
    Homer's Odyssey recounts the story of the return of Odysseus from the Trojan war. Although the story of Odysseus himself is fictional, the Trojan war actually was a real conflict that occurred in...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf is an Anglo Saxon hero that has inspired many similar heroes. Being an Anglo Saxon hero means that Beowulf is immediately three things: a young, white, male. That's really no different...

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  • Beowulf
    Many elements in the epic show an amalgamation of paganism and Christianity. Let me name a few of them for you. Right from the beginning we read of Grendel's mother. She is: "From [Cain] sprang...

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