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  • Beowulf
    Although Beowulf is best known for its depiction of Beowulf and his struggle against Grendel and Grendel's mother, the poem contains several important digressions from that central theme. These...

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    King Hrothgar of the Danes is in his mead-hall, built as a monument to his success. There the king and his men are gathered to drink and be entertained by the songs of the bards. When the herald...

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    As is typical of heroic epic, the main theme of Beowulf is that of a hero proving his virtue and his valor by defeating enemies in battle. The first battles in Beowulf's life were actually with the...

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    Here, you may want to distinguish between the ancient Greek notion of reputation (kleos) which is the only thing that survives after the death of a person, other than a pale and miserable shade in...

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    Grendel appears to despise men, and want them all dead; not just Hrothgar's men, but Beowulf and his group as well, and presumably the rest of humanity. The exact reason for Grendel's anger isn't...

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    An Anglo-Saxon, or Beowulf, style boast should either reflect something one has actually done and/or something one is capable of either doing or at least attempting to do well. For example, Beowulf...

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    One of the main differences between English literature and classical literature is that while ancient writers started from oral tradition, literature in England rests on a foundation of knowledge...

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  • Beowulf
    Healfdane, son of Beo, had three sons: Hergar (or Heorogar), King of the Danes, Hrothgar, who became king after the death of Heorogar, and Halga, the youngest. Healfdane also had one daugher, Yrs....

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf doesn't really announce a specific reason for his intention to slay Grendel. The tone of the poem, and the manner in which the author regards Grendel (calling him hellspawn and a descendant...

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    If we consider the purpose of poetry to be the elevation of a story beyond the mere conveyance of information, then poetic conventions are those tools and strategies that the poet utilizes to...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf inspired a number of similar stories, especially Tolkien's--which share several literary and cultural elements--and particularly The Hobbit. The point of view in The Hobbit is shifted away...

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    Beowulf begins with a brief biography, and the death and burial, of Scyld Scefing (also called "Shield Sheafson" in some translations). We don't learn much about Scyld, other than that he was a...

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    For 12 long years, Grendel attacks the dining hall of King Hrothgar and kills countless Danes. Grendel, an evil demonic monster, tears his victims limb from limb and devours them each night....

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    Although Beowulf is a traditional heroic epic, it blends the values of two different cultures, one pagan and one Christian. Rather than synthesize these to produce a unified value system, as...

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    False. One of the defining characteristics of an epic journey, in fact, is the recounting of the obstacles that the epic hero must overcome. Interestingly, most epics are structured around a...

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    Although scholars have for three centuries argued relentlessly about the composition of Beowulf, and continue that argument today, most have put the poem's composition between 600 to 900AD, with...

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    For King Arthur, Camelot was not only his kingdom, but a place of worship; whereas, the Hall Heorot was what the poet calls a "mead-building." Mead is beer, so basically Heorot was a pub or bar....

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  • Beowulf
    Almost immediately after the Geats and Danes celebrate their freedom from Grendel in the great hall Heorot, we read that And his [Grendel's] mother, still/greedy and gallows-minded wished to...

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  • Beowulf
    To begin, the concept of a servant leader needs defining. A servant leader, the term and practice coined by Robert Greenleaf, refers to the idea that people share power. This concept allows the...

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    In "On Beowulf and His verse Translation," Seamus Heaney is very specific about his use of the word "bawn" as a synonym for Hrothgar's mead hall. Essentially, Heaney supports the use of the word...

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    After Beowulf, with Wiglaf's aid, destroys the dragon, Beowulf is mortally wounded, but as he looks around at the treasure hoard, he says Now I have given my old life/for this treasure hoard;...

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    The blue fire, grendel, the witch, the dragon, the sword, some may say Beowulf's ego and mistress

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    If we look at the text very carefully, we can see that the answer relates to the way in which Grendel is presented as being a demonic force opposed to the goodness of Christianity. Consider how...

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    Rather than detracting from Beowulf's epic stature, the companions actually add to it. Oral epos is normally structured agglutinatively rather than analytically. In a hyperliterate society, one...

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    Beowulf symbolizes the shifts between goodness and evil, between the concept of being strong physically vs. mentally,

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    The opening of Beowulf probably takes place in a Danish mead hall with the scop calling the warriors to attention with the first word of the epic, which is So or Listen. He then proceeds to give...

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    Since this is a statement, not a question, I am not sure what information you need, but I'll attempt to answer based on what I see in the text. Beowulf does contain universal themes that are still...

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    In epic poems if the Anglo/Saxon and Medieval eras, stories of great men and battles were never written down; nobody could write except the monks, who write in Latin, a language that only the monks...

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    The first funeral is for the King of the Danes, in lines 1-52. This funeral serves as a way to introduce the setting and the storyline. The second funeral is for Hildeberg's family in lines...

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    I am not really certain as to what you are referring. Beowulf only had three major battles; not five. There are discussions throughout the story about older victories, and other wars, but in the...

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    The three most common literary elements present in Anglo-Saxon poetry (like Beowulf) are kennings, alliteration, and caesuras. All of them lend a helping hand to the bard/scope or story-teller....

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    wec1022, "Beowulf" is an epic hero. Beowulf is a hero, larger and stronger than other men but nevertheless mortal. Beowulf must deal with monsters of more-than-human size and strength. Like all...

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    The simple reason is that it is the oldest existing manuscript written in that language. Old English is a language of the post-Celtic invaders of Britain, the Angles, Saxons, Danes and Jutes....

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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:...

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    The treasure hoard guarded by the dragon in the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf was a mass of cursed gold, which myth told could only be uncovered by a chosen one of God himself. Even though Heaney's...

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    Beowulf and Batman represent two different types of heroes. Beowulf is the classic epic hero. He is "larger than life." Beowulf is described as being stronger than thirty men. He lists his...

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    In addition to many examples of Beowulf giving thanks to God for his victories, there are also some specific biblical references. Grendel is said to be a descendent of Cain, Adam and Eve's son who...

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    Beowulf dies during battle with a dragon. In the second part of the poem, Beowulf has ruled over the Geats for fifty years, and he is a good leader. When the dragon attacks, it is worthy of note...

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  • Beowulf
    Beheadings:  The toppling of heads begins when Beowulf's mother beheads the warrior Aeshere.  Later, Beowulf will behead Grendel after defeating him in the Great Hall,...

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    The most significant uncle-nephew relationship is between Wiglaf and Beowulf; Wiglaf is Beowulf's nephew.Wiglaf is the only one who defends Beowulf in his time of intense need. ...

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    Hmm. How can I, or what would I argue? If I were seeking to create a thesis statement for an essay about this poem, I would start by reading and rereading the poem, to make sure I had a strong...

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    The code of chivalry (or "heroic code") is based on a number of factors. A hero must display prowess, seek justice, and be courageous. Beowulf absolutely meets these requirements as he battles...

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