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Beowulf

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Beowulf

Beowulf

Epic Poem ~ is a long, narrative poem that is usually about heroic deeds and events that are significant to the culture of the poet. Many ancient writers used epic poetry to tell tales of intense adventures and heroic feats.

Character Analysis

Good vs. Evil~ the battle between Beowulf, the hero of the novel, and the dragon. The dragon lives in a dark castle protecting his stolen treasure. Once a piece of it was stolen he goes on a rampage terrorizing the town, and killing many people. The dragon is huge, and breaths fire. Also he has poisons horns on his head; all of this combined shows us that the dragon is a representation of evil; especially the breathing fire part since fire represents hell, and evil.

Reputation & Honor ~these were considered important personal traits to the Germanic and Scandinavian cultures featured in Beowulf. For Beowulf, there is nothing more important than the creation of a legacy. He travels from Geatland to Denmark to kill Grendel out of a desire for personal glory and to defend the allied Danes. Honor is important to the Danes as well. Before even setting out to kill Grendel, Beowulf must prove himself to the Danes, repairing his marred reputation from to a swimming race he lost in his youth. Finally, the elderly Beowulf refuses to flee from the dragon at the poem’s end, even as his best soldiers desert him.

Grendel's Mother vs. Beowulf ~Reading about the fight between Beowulf and Grendel’s mother, the language somewhat simmers down. During the fight between Beowulf and Grendel, the language was more hardcore, making the fight sound vicious and brutal. Their fight was described as singing, where the crashes made the whole building make noise. The language between Beowulf and Grendel’s mother is more solemn. When Beowulf defeated Grendel, he tore his arm off and left Grendel to bleed to death, but when he defeated Grendel’s mother, he didn’t leave her to bleed to death. She died instantly when he plunged the sword he was using into her neck bone. This brings us to another difference, where Beowulf used man-made object to defeat Grendel’s mother whereas he defeated Grendel with his own bare hands. As in class, we discussed that the only way to really defeat evil was to use something that God made not man-made. Which brings me to question, who was really the evil one that Beowulf defeated. This also shows that in every story, at the end, good will always win.

Settings ~Beowulf was first told in Anglo-Saxon England sometime between the 8th and 11th Centuries, but it's not about that time and place. It's actually set several hundred years earlier, in the 5th or 6th Century.~action happens in the land of the Danes,and the land of the Geats

Beowulf- The hero of all heroes," Beowulf, strong and courageous, is the prince of Geats. Once he makes a vow, he stands by his word, no matter what the cost, even if it takes his life. He is reluctant to back down from battle, just so he can be there for the people who are in great need to be saved from evil. He signifies the true heroic character because he is willing to risk his life for his ideals. Beowulf defeats three gruesome monsters, two of whom are descendants of Cain.Grendel- He is a monster that is half-man and half-fiend. He is the first monster that Beowulf kills. Also he is enormous and possesses superhuman strength, which makes him undefeatable by the warriors of Denmark. He lives in the bottom of the lake not far from Heorot. Grendel is the descendant of Cain who represents evil and corruption. He has been attacking Heorot, where Denmark's warriors live, for twelve years, causing suffering and misery.Grendel's Mother- She is another monster that Beowulf kills. She is virtually undefeatable by any human. She is a descendant of Cain. She kills Aeschere as revenge for her son's death. She finally dies in an underwater battle with the hero, Beowulf. She is another monster that Beowulf kills. She is virtually undefeatable by any human. She is a descendant of Cain. She kills Aeschere as revenge for her son's death. She finally dies in an underwater battle with the hero, Beowulf.Grendel Mother- She is another monster that Beowulf kills. She is virtually undefeatable by any human. She is a descendant of Cain. She kills Aschere as revenge for her son's death. She finally dies in a underwater battle with the hero, Beowulf. Hrothgar- He is the King of Danes. He has a great deal of compassion for his warriors and his people. This man isn't afraid to hide his emotions. This i important because at the time, according to the warrior code, a man was not to show his feelings publicly. He builds a mead-hall and names it heorot for his warriors to celebrate success. Hrothgar is a wise and admirable king to his people, but lacks strength to physically combat his and his people's enemies, as he is an aging King.Wiglaf-

DEC 30, 700 Grendel attacks Herot NOV 19, 712 Beowulf arrives in Herot NOV 18, 712 Beowulf crosses the seas. NOV 20, 712 Everyone Celebrates NOV 20, 712 Grendels mother attacks. NOV 22, 712 Beowulf swims to her lair NOV 21, 712 Beowulf swears to kill her. NOV 22, 712 Beowulf fights Grendels mother NOV 19, 712 Grendel comes at night.

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