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  • Beowulf
    Grendel is primarily upset with Beowulf because he feels left out. The theme of isolation from society is an important one in Anglo-Saxon literature. Because Grendel is a murderer and a descendant...

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    The moral of Beowulf is that good conquers evil. In the epic, bravery, honor, and loyalty concur evil. The story highlights the importance of the values in individuals. Beowulf, the hero of the...

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    There are two examples of why Grendel was so perturbed in the epic poem Beowulf. First, examine Grendel's origin. He is a descendant of Cain, a Biblical figure who murdered his own brother in a fit...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf is an epic because the hero of the story is exceptional. Beowulf is seen battling and slaying great monsters. He also demonstrates outstanding physical abilities such as staying underwater...

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    One of the basic ways in which culture can be considered a creator of a hero is by manifestation. Lines 175–179 describe the people as worshipping at shrines and “vow[ing] offerings” (lines...

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    I believe a reader could make a case for each of those labels about Grendel. I think it is legitimately possible to say that Grendel is all three as well. Let us start with Grendel's morality. He...

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  • Beowulf
    In the epic poem Beowulf, Beowulf's heroic qualities are essential to the progression of the plot. His heroism sets up the major battle scenes and conflicts of the poem. Near the start of the poem,...

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  • Beowulf
    A flashback can be described as a past event that is inserted in literature and serves the purpose of taking the story back in time. A challenge by Unferth on Beowulf’s ability to defeat Grendel...

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    The main hero of Beowulf is Beowulf, and a central villain is Grendel. I’ll start with Grendel. Grendel is definitely the "bad guy" and not simply because the hero fights against Grendel....

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    Several scholars in the last century have created versions of the "heroic cycle." Joseph Campbell's version in 1949 included 17 stages, while David Adams Leeming and Phil Cousineau (in 1981 and...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf itself is not a history, but rather an epic which includes some historical figures. The purpose of blending historical and imaginary information (such as the character of Beowulf and the...

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    Often the answer lies in the framing of the question. Perhaps the major issue here is that the binary oppositions set out may not have been meaningful as oppositions for the original composer and...

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  • Beowulf
    The character of Beowulf is typical of heroic epic. He is, in many ways, the ideal hero, evolving from a modest young warrior with great potential to one who does great deeds and finally to a wise...

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  • Beowulf
    The epic hero is a literary convention that defines a specific type of character. This kind of character typically possesses a number of particular traits, including some sort of extraordinary...

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    There may be a tension between New Testament Christianity as we understand it and the values of the Dark Age Danes portrayed in Beowulf. But the brand of Christianity apparently held by the poet...

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    Art in the poem "Beowulf" is often a means of honoring kings and warriors. Poetry proclaims the bravery and might of leaders. For example, at the beginning of the poem, the poet writes, "the...

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  • Literature
    The best way to ascertain what architecture represents in Beowulf is to closely analyze the poem's most important architectural structure: Heorot, Hrothgar's celebrated mead hall. Overall, Heorot...

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  • Beowulf
    Grendel is frequently described as one of the descendants of Cain, and thus he is forced to wander the world in isolation, cut off from civilization and community. It's suggested that the...

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  • Beowulf
    After Beowulf defeats Grendel, ripping off the monster’s arm in the process, the Danes celebrate the end of Grendel’s depredations by hanging his severed arm in Heorot. However, their...

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  • Beowulf
    The epic poem Beowulf is the earliest surviving Old English work. It is believed to have been composed between 600-900 A.D., and then later transcribed by Anglo-Saxon monks in what is now known as...

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  • Beowulf
    When Beowulf descends through the mere to the lair of the monsters, Hrothgar, his Scyldings, and Beowulf’s Geats wait on the shore of the lake for Beowulf to return. After the water of the lake...

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  • Beowulf
    Grendel plagued Heorot and Hrothgar’s people until Beowulf heard of the monster and decided to face it. Grendel mercilessly attacked Hrothgar’s people when they gathered in Heorot, forcing the...

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  • Beowulf
    Considered the first piece of formal English literature, Beowulf is an epic poem that recites the grisly tale of a warrior’s magnificent battle with monsters. Central to the poem’s structure,...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf, an Old English epic poem, was written somewhere around 600-900 A.D. It is the oldest known major work in Old English. It's author is unknown. Much of the action takes place in a mead hall...

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  • Beowulf
    The dragon in Beowulf could be said to symbolize several things, but many readers have noted that it likely symbolizes abstract ideas like greed, hoarding, and destruction. Indeed, the dragon is...

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    I agree with you that the characters in Beowulf are not necessarily "motivated by rewards." In fact, they are motivated by honor. However, rewards are always a good bonus, and both of these ideas...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf, the main character of the Old English poem Beowulf, fulfills many, but not quite all, of the usual characteristics of the epic hero. Most importantly, he exhibits the qualities esteemed by...

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  • Beowulf
    Kennings are compound metaphors common in literature derived from Old Norse linguistic traditions. Functionally they appear may appear frivolous or unnecessarily abstract, but are intended to...

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  • Beowulf
    When Beowulf hears that Grendel has been terrorizing Heorot, he decides to travel there to lend his aid to Hrothgar. This explanation begins on line 194. Beowulf is said to be beloved by the Geats,...

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  • Beowulf
    This quote begins at line 788, in the midst of Beowulf's fight with Grendel. One of the difficulties in summarizing lines, rather than sentences or sections, of Beowulf or poetry of its lineage is...

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  • Beowulf
    "The Battle with Grendel" is an excerpt of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf. This excerpt relates the events of Beowulf's fight against the monster, Grendel, who had been terrorizing the Danes...

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    Kennings are a type of metaphor in which a descriptive phrase is substituted for the word itself. There are many modern examples of kennings such as "four eyes" for someone who wears glasses....

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  • Beowulf
    The line you've chosen from Beowulf is a great example of the caesura, an important structural element in both Beowulf and Old English poetry as a whole. The caesura is a midline pause used...

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  • Beowulf
    In Beowulf, the battle with Grendel is set at Heorot, the royal hall of Hrothgar, the Danish king. Prior to Beowulf's encounter with Grendel, the monster had engaged in regular pillaging of Heorot...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf is written in alliterative verse. The poetic unit of the poem is a single line that is divided by a strong pause (known as a caesura) and that employs alliteration in some of the line's...

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  • Beowulf
    After the King of the Danes, Hrothgar, builds a mead hall called Heorot, the Danes enjoy singing and playing the harp there. Their rejoicing evokes ire in Grendel, who was a "prowler about the...

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  • Beowulf
    The main problem in the story of Beowulf is actually a little more difficult to pinpoint than you might think, because the poem actually incorporates three major conflicts. The first (and most...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf depicts several social customs of its time, and one of the most significant customs is the process of gift giving. Within the world Beowulf describes, the process of giving gifts is seen as...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf is one of English literature's most enduring heroes; his story has remained popular long after its estimated composition. Beowulf continues to appeal to modern audiences for many reasons....

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    I have taught Beowulf for years, and I've never run across what I would call the four most famous lines of the epic. However, there are several key points in the story that might have passages...

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    In Anglo-Saxon culture, stories were often passed down orally. A poet or bard would sing/recite the stories without writing them down. By the time Beowulf was finally written down near the year...

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  • Beowulf
    Hrothgar's speech in lines 655-661 is significant for several reasons. First of all, Hrothgar, King of the Danes, transfers full control of the mead hall to Beowulf. As a member of a different...

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  • Beowulf
    The term wergild in Beowulf literally translates as 'man payment' or 'man compensation' but is usually translated simply as 'man price'. The concept of wergild was a legal principle under...

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  • Beowulf
    Grendel, the antagonist of Beowulf, is in some ways similar to an epic hero. Like an epic hero, he has a noble or unusual birth. His ancestor is Cain, who killed his brother Abel in the Old...

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  • Beowulf
    English literature reflects the view that civilization has declined in its morality over the centuries, even as it's made progress technologically. In Beowulf (written down around 1000 CE), the...

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  • Beowulf
    In British literature, nature was originally regarded as threatening, but before the modern era, nature came to be associated with noble simplicity and goodness. By the turn of the 20th century,...

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  • Beowulf
    In Beowulf and Paradise Lost, women are very powerful characters. Grendel's mother in Beowulf avenges her son's death by slaying Hrothgar's most beloved friend. The she-monster's power comes not...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf is the oldest existing major work written in English. It was composed during the Anglo-Saxon era, somewhere between 700-1000 A.D. It is usually classified as an epic poem because it...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf is an ancient epic poem set in Sweden and Denmark. It was translated into Old English by monks, probably around 700 BC, give or take a couple of centuries. As an epic, it focuses on an...

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    It has been claimed that elements of Christianity were included in the story about Beowulf by Christian translators who sought to ensure the story complied with Christian religious beliefs. In this...

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