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Compare and Contrast: Beowulf and Grendel - There are many similarities and differences between the movie "Beowulf and Grendel", to the poem. Major differences between the movie and the poem would be Grendel himself. In the poem, he is described as an evil monster born from two demons. In the movie, Grendel is actually human, but known as a troll to the warriors and Danes. The poem doesn’t give the background of Grendel or show how the Danes killed his father and the possible reason of his revenge, like in the movie. If the witch, Selma, was not included in the storyline of the movie, the audience would not have known key information that she was used to show from more flashbacks....   [tags: beowulf, grendel, poem] 596 words
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Bravery and Character Flaws Exposed in Beowulf and Grendel - The various adaptations of the Beowulf legend provide a form of courageousness. The following are sources concerning the Beowulf myth: Grendel, a novel by John Gardner, and Beowulf and Grendel, a film directed by Sturla Gunnarson. These pieces contain acts of genuine bravery, but they also depict instances where lack of courage is shown. The prevalence of bravery juxtaposed with cowardice within the novel and the film suggests that acts of heroism are situational and dependent upon one’s exhibited characteristics at any given occasion....   [tags: Beowulf, Grendel]
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Beowulf & Grendel vs. Beowulf, the Epic Poem - Many different works of literature are later remade into a visual piece. The visual versions, however, do not usually tell the story the same as exact as their written counterparts. In the case of the epic poem, Beowulf, this is also true. There are many similarities between the movie and the poem, and there are also many differences. In the opening seconds of the film you are already able to see differences from the poem. The poem begins with Grendel, who is a demon of pure evil which has spawned from hell, attacking Danes in the mead hall, killing all of them....   [tags: beowulf, grendel, danes] 617 words
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Grendel and Beowulf - Living life as a human being is a very difficult task for us humans to accomplish, yet we are doing so. Many works of literature have a character that portrays something on or about life. Three characters of well known novels will carry on with this function. On John Gardners, Grendel the main character Grendel is very confused of the life he is living. He is in search of his purpose in life, what he doesn’t realize at the beginning is his purpose is to be the villain. The humans in the novel are terrified of Grendel because to them he is a beast....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 629 words
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The Characters' Personalities in "Grendel" and "Beowulf" - The book Grendel, written by John Gardner, and the poem Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney, both have very distinct opinions on what role each character plays. The translator of Beowulf and the writer of Grendel follow the idea that everyone has a story. A story is the writer’s perspective on a character’s personality, the way people in the story see and treat the character, and the way it ties the ideas together. There are many examples in these two writings of this concept, but the main instances connect with the lives of Grendel, Beowulf, and Unferth....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 1008 words
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A Comparison of Beowulf and Grendel - The story of Beowulf is a heroic epic chronicling the illustrious deeds of the great Geatish warrior Beowulf, who voyages across the seas to rid the Danes of an evil monster, Grendel, who has been wreaking havoc and terrorizing the kingdom. Beowulf is glorified for his heroic deeds of ridding the land of a fiendish monster and halting its scourge of evil while the monster is portrayed as a repugnant creature who deserves to die because of its evil actions. In the epic poem, Beowulf the authors portrays Grendel as a cold-hearted beast who thrives on the pain of others....   [tags: Compare, Contrast, Comparative] 947 words
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Comparison: Beowulf, Grendel, and Robin Hood - Has someone ever went out of their way to help you. In the summer of 2012, I won a calf in the Snake River Stampede Calf Scramble. I decided to buy a heifer from Bill and Beverly White of Hyde Angus Ranch. They had excellent cattle and seemed very eager to help me in any way possible. They gave all the help and support I needed in raising my heifer, including breeding her and raising the calf. I was very amazed at the White’s generosity. They went out of their way to help me, and were in no way obligated to do so....   [tags: True Hero, Eagerness, Selflessness]
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Beowulf and Grendel - Beowulf and Grendel Beowulf and Grendel are actually the same stories in the fact that they are based on the same epic "Beowulf." "Beowulf", that is told of here is translated by Kevin Crossley-Holland, and there are many different translations which makes Beowulf the epic so interchangeable. Although "Beowulf" and "Grendel" seem very similar they do have many differences as well. Reading the two stories back to back gives you the impression of how many differences there are. For example, "Beowulf" is written from an outsider's point of view....   [tags: Papers] 1656 words
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grendelbeo Who is the Monster - Beowulf or Grendel? - Who is the Monster - Beowulf or Grendel. My first impression of Beowulf was that of an enigmatic, somewhat esoteric work, a necessary evil on the way to reading the more important works. After a closer reading of the much-celebrated epic, I had a revelation. And what a revelation: Beowulf is wonderful. Perhaps it was the translation, or it might have been the basic substance of the work itself, but I found myself devouring the poem. I discovered two specific areas of appeal: 1) The fundamental attraction of the archetypical super-hero and 2) the more contemporary trend in modern culture to attempt to recapture the experience of this particular era via popular fiction and film....   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays] 1035 words
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Beowulf: Grendel is Pure Evil - Grendel is the embodiment of all that is evil and dark. He is a descendant of Cain and like Cain is an outcast of society. He is doomed to roam in the shadows. He is always outside looking inside. He is an outside threat to the order of society and all that is good. His whole existence is grounded solely in the moral perversion to hate good simply because it is good. He is described as a monster, demon, and a fiend. Grendel has swift, hard claws, and enormous teeth that snatch the life out of his victims, which are numerous....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essays] 485 words
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Two Different Philosophical Views in Grendel and Beowulf - “Beowulf” and Grendel are two tales similar in many ways, yet different from each other. These stories are like a coin; you cannot have one side without the other. Just as the sides of a coin share the same coin, these stories share a similar plot, a setting, and tell of the same events. The sides of a coin also have differences as do “Beowulf” and Grendel. In the case of these two tales this difference is in their respective philosophical views. “Beowulf” portrays the philosophical views of life that many people still regard today....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 1260 words
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Do the Evil Deserve Sympathy in Grendel or Beowulf? - According to Dictionary.com Sympathy can be defined as “the fact or power of sharing the feelings of another, esp. in sorrow or trouble; fellow feeling, compassion, or commiseration.” (dictionary.reference.com/browse/Sympathy) Pertinently this definition, as well as the information provided after reading both, The Poem Beowulf translated by Burton Raffel. and the novel Grendel by John Gardner, it appears evident that the character Grendel gains more sympathy from the reader than that of the character Beowulf....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]
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Beowulf and Grendel: The Hall Heorot Is Attacked By Grendel - Beowulf and Grendel: The Hall Heorot Is Attacked By Grendel Beowulf is one of the greatest surviving epic poems. It was composed by Germanic people more than twelve hundred years ago. Although it is written in Old English, it deals with the Scandinavian forebears of the Anglo-Saxons, the Danes and the Geats. This epic poem concerns itself with Christianity, internal and external evils, and the warriors defeating monsters. The first passage of this story basically describes the building of Heorot....   [tags: Beowulf Epic Poem Poems Essays]
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Beowulf Attacks Grendel's Mother - Beowulf Attacks Grendel's Mother (A Short Description of the Passage) Beowulf sees Grendel's mother in a cave. He tries to hit her with his sword, Unferth's Hrunting, but it fails to pierce her skin. So he throws the sword away and attacks the mother with his bare hands. He trusts "in his strength, his mighty hand-grip." Beowulf manages to throw Grendel's mother down; however, she quickly retaliates and is soon sitting on top of him. She tries to kill him with a dagger, but Beowulf's armor protects him this time....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essays]
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Point Of View In Grendel And Beowulf - Contrasting points of view in Grendel and Beowulf significantly alter the reader’s perception of religion, good and evil, and the character Grendel. John Gardner’s book, Grendel, is written in first person. The book translated by Burton Raffel, Beowulf, is written in third person. Good and evil is one of the main conflicts in the poem Beowulf. How is Grendel affected by the concepts of good and evil. Grendel is an alienated individual who just wants to be a part of something. His desire to fit in causes him to do evil things....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essays] 1236 words
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A Comparison of Grendel in Beowulf and John Gardner's Grendel - In both works, Beowulf and Grendel, Grendel himself is generally given the same connotations. He is given kennings, called names, referred to as the evil spawn of Cain, and even viewed as a monster; but why. Why in both books is he a wicked, horrible, person who is harshly excluded from everyone. After stumbling upon John Gardner's book, it was halfway expected that some excuse would be made for Grendel; that he wasn't really the inexorable monster the thanes in Beowulf portrayed him as. But all it really did was make him worse....   [tags: John Gardner Beowulf] 740 words
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The Importance of Grendel and the Dragon in Beowulf - The Importance of Grendel and the Dragon in Beowulf “In my youth I engaged in many wars”, Beowulf boasts to his warriors, which is certainly true. Throughout his life, he faces many deadly foes, all of which he handily defeats, save one. His story focuses on the most challenging, as well as morally significant of foes, Grendel and the dragon. These creatures reveal much about society as well as Christian virtue at the time. Even after Grendel and the dragon are defeated physically, the two monsters pose a new threat to the hero on a higher plane....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf] 1277 words
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A Comparison of the Grendel of Beowulf and Gardner's Grendel - A Comparison of the Grendel of Beowulf and Gardner's Grendel The novel Grendel by John Gardner portrays a significantly different picture of Grendel than the epic poem Beowulf paints. Grendel is a non-human being who posses human qualities. In either story it is not specified what type of being Grendel is, nor does it tell of what exactly Grendel looks like. The only idea the reader has of the sight of Grendel is the small hints either author gives. We know he stands on two feet as humans do, we know he is covered in hair, and we know he is monstrous....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 951 words
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Curiosity in Grendel by John Gardner and Beowulf and Grendel, by Sturla Gunnarsson - The book Grendel by John Gardner and the movie Beowulf and Grendel directed by Sturla Gunnarsson both portray the theme of curiosity. In both the book and the movie there are characters that have the trait of intellectual curiosity, and there are also those who lack this trait. In the book, Grendel’s personality contains this trait and Beowulf’s character does not, but in the movie Beowulf is the one with this trait, not Grendel. Grendel’s character in the book and Beowulf’s character in the movie both have an intellectual curiosity which seems to drive them to find out the truth....   [tags: Movie, Film]
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Beowulf vs. Grendel - Who is the real hero in Beowulf or Grendel. Grendel. A monster from the depths who consumes humans as a daily diet and strives to find a meaning in life. Or Beowulf. A warrior raised by a king whose arrogance and courage landed him a throne of his own. Points of view in both stories are very distinct. Grendel seemed much more intellectual from his point of view. The author did not portray him as a cold-blooded monster as you would expect. Beowulf's character was supported by bravery and integrity....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essays] 419 words
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Beowulf v. Grendel - Janell Touchette Period D 3/6/05 Beowulf/Grendel Test 1. An anti-hero is the opposite of a hero. It is the character that goes against all the traditional values of society. Grendel has strong traits of the average anti-hero. He lives in a cave with his mother in the middle of no where. Everybody in the land refuses to accept him, even as the lowest of their kind, and they are constantly trying to kill him. He is deprived the rules and consequences of society by not being allowed to join men, he rejects the values and rules of political establishment by terrorizing Hrothgar’s kingdom, and he is often angry because when the shaper sings he falls into the trance of possibility, but then reme...   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essays] 1070 words
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Grendel and Beowulf Heroism - Intentions and Heroism A building is ablaze and a crowd of people stare helplessly from the streets, listening to screams coming from within. A single person runs in to rescues whomever he or she can find. Whether or not that person emerges with a child in their arms, empty handed, or not at all, does nothing to alter our society’s perception of their heroism. Today’s society would classify such an action as heroic, regardless of outcome, for one reason: intentions. During Anglo-Saxton times the interpretation of such an act, based on the tale Beowulf, would not be so understanding of what was intended, but rather of the outcome....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essays] 1534 words
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Essay on Fate in Beowulf, Grendel, and Macbeth - Fate in Beowulf, Grendel, and Macbeth         Fate plays a significant role in the Old English epic poem Beowulf and William Shakespeare's play Macbeth.. The major events of the poem, such as the three killings by Beowulf and his own death, are said to have been predestined. In Macbeth, fate is so significant that it is personified by the Weird Sisters, who drive the action of the play. But if predestination exists, then there must be an agent that determines destiny. In Beowulf, God plays this role, and fate is generally accepted as God's will....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Beowulf: The History of Grendel - Grendel was the embodiment of all that was evil and dark. Before Grendel was a monster, his name was Lednerg. He was described as a monster, demon, and a fiend. Terrible events occurred to Grendel to transform him into a horrible monster. Lednerg had a very weird childhood. He did not have any siblings. Throughout his childhood, Lednerg endured many insults directed to him and his family. His parents were also second cousins. He was always the last to finish his homework. During his early years, sports were not very kind to Lednerg....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essays] 460 words
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Depictions of Grendel in Beowulf by Seamus Heaney - In the story Beowulf by Seamus Heaney, Grendel is a slimy green swamp monster that has human emotions but is portrayed as a hideous beast and an outcast of the Anglo-Saxon society. Although Grendel is depicted as a hideous bloodthirsty beast because he eats the Danes at Heorot continuously, he has some characteristics of a human gone wild. Grendel possesses the ability to feel human emotions such as envy and fear. When the Danes were having a feast in Heorot, Grendel “had dwelt for a time in misery among the banished monsters, Cain’s clan, whom the creator outlawed and condemned as outcasts”(104-106)....   [tags: monster, emotions, human] 548 words
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Grendel's Mother's Attack - Grendel's Mother's Attack In Beowulf, we see a number of elements throughout the poem. First, we see a pagan warrior society. In this society the relationship between a king and his thanes is key. It is a symbiotic relationship in which the thanes defend the king and his land and fight his wars. In return, the king provides for his men. He offers them such items as mailcoats, swords, helmets, gold rings, mead, beer, shelter and companionship. This society also places great value on kinship. If one's kin is killed, it is the remaining relative's duty to make the killer pay for the death, either with his own life or the payment of wergild (the "man price")....   [tags: Beowulf Grendel Mother Essays] 744 words
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Grendel Vs. Beowulf - Grendel One of the most compelling and highly developed characters in the novel Grendel, written by John Gardner, and the poem Beowulf, written by an anonymous poet, is the monster, Grendel. Even though these pieces show two different sides to Grendel they are similar in many ways. Grendel evokes sympathy toward the hideous monster by making him seem like the victim, while Beowulf portrays him as being the most loathsome of enemies. The reasons behind Grendel’s being, his killing, and finally his death make him one of the most controversial and infamous monsters in literature....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essays] 922 words
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grendelbeo Epic of Beowulf Essay - Beowulf from Grendel's Perspective - Beowulf from Grendel's Perspective One night, as Grendel was sleeping soundly in his home in the swamplands, he was suddenly awakened by the sound of music. The music angered Grendel because he had been up late the night before entertaining his monster friends and was in need of his beauty rest. So he headed out the front door and headed to see what the commotion is all about. ] Upon arrival at the mead hall, Grendel notices the door is much to small for him to enter through it easily....   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays] 688 words
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grendelbeo Epic of Beowulf Essay - The Evil of Grendel - The Evil of Grendel in Beowulf The story of Beowulf, written during Anglo-Saxon times, is a classic epic tale between good versus evil.  It is a story that gives us insight into the values of the Anglo-Saxon people.  The Anglo-Saxons glorified heroism and the conquering of evil.  In the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf, the character of Grendel symbolically represents evil through his setting and heritage, his hateful attitude toward men, and his vicious acts of murder. Grendel's heritage and setting are two things that attribute to Grendel's evilness.  In the story the author tells us that Grendel was a descendant of Cain(the son of Adam and Eve, who was cursed by God for killing his bro...   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays]
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grendelbeo Epic of Beowulf Essay - The Monstrous Grendel - The Monstrous Grendel of Beowulf  It is true that Grendel is monstrous. He is not only a deadly enemy to Hrothgar and Herot, but to the Geats in general. Grendel seems to take his only pleasure from assaulting Herot and destroying the warriors inside. He is a bane to all those that live under Hrothgar's rule. They hate him. He is called the “enemy of mankind” (29) and rightly so. However, because of Grendel’s actions, they cannot see the other part of Grendel that makes him do the evil he does....   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays] 758 words
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Summary of Beowulf Attacks Grendel's Mother - Summary of Beowulf Attacks Grendel's Mother The epic story of Beowulf is about a young hero who fights in battles against the monster Grendel and his mother and later concerns Beowulf's final fight with a dragon. Beowulf is the prince of the Geats. He is also the son of Ecgtheow, who travels to Heorot where the great mead hall of Hrothgar king of the Danes, is located. Hrothgar, is the great grandson of Scyld Scefing. In this passage Beowulf goes underwater and fights with Grendel's mother in a cave....   [tags: Anglo Saxon English Literature Essays]
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Analysis Of Grendel And Beowulf - Point of View in Grendel and Beowulf Contrasting points of view in Grendel and Beowulf significantly alter the reader’s perception of religion, good and evil, and the character Grendel. John Gardner’s book, Grendel, is written in first person. The book translated by Burton Raffel, Beowulf, is written in third person. Good and evil is one of the main conflicts in the poem Beowulf. How is Grendel affected by the concepts of good and evil. Grendel is an alienated individual who just wants to be a part of something....   [tags: essays research papers] 1243 words
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Grendel, Grendel’s Mother, and the Dragon in Beowulf - Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon are all Beowulf’s enemies who all wreck havoc on innocent people. This causes the Geat warrior Beowulf, to come and fight them up until his death in battle. When Beowulf is at a young, strong age, all he wants to do is fight and seem larger than life to everyone around him and to those who hear his story. The first monster he encounters is a demon named Grendel. Grendel wreaks havoc on Danish warriors being jealous that he is a spawn of Cain which causes him to be forced to drift around the world with no companions and be alone forever (Bodek)....   [tags: medieval British literature, poetry]
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Monsters in Literature - Monsters run free in epic poems of centuries far past; horrific, villainous creatures of fantasy who illustrate all that is bad in the world and stand for the tribulations the epic hero much overcome. The Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf is no different. Some are born of, and in turn give birth to legends, such as the fire-breathing dragon, while others are tied to the bible. In studies, Beowulf's monsters are explained and will continue to be analyzed as symbolic of countless different ideas. In relation to each other and the epic's hero, the monsters of Beowulf represent the ever-present flaws of humanity and the monstrous feelings or behaviors that over take the mind in a moment of weakness, lead...   [tags: Beowulf, Grendel, Evil]
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A Comparison of Nihilistic and Christian Archetypes in Beowulf and John Gardner's Grendel - Grendel, Beowulf and the Relationship Between Nihilistic and Christian Archetypes The Wisdom god, Woden, went out to the king of trolls…and demanded to know how order might triumph over chaos. “Give me your left eye,” said the king of trolls, “and I’ll tell you.” Without hesitation, Woden gave up his left eye. “Now tell me.” The troll said, “The secret is, Watch with both eyes!” Woden’s left eye was the last sure hope of gods and men in their kingdom of light surrounded by darkness. All we have left is Thor’s hammer, which represents not brute force but art, or, counting both hammerheads, art and criticism… The philosophies expressed in the Beowulf epic complement the exploration of exi...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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A Modern Grendel - In the epic poem Beowulf, the monster Grendel is depicted as a villainous beast with an unquenchable thirst for human flesh and blood. Grendel, written by John Gardner, though, offers a more nuanced depiction of the beast by describing the events in Beowulf through Grendel's narration. Throughout the story, Grendel adopts various romantic characteristics and beliefs including isolation, individualism, and mysticism. These romantic characteristics, though, foster Grendel's murderous intentions and in turn gives him an anti-hero persona....   [tags: Literature, Beowulf] 948 words
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Beowulf a Poem Translated by Seamus Heaney - The epic poem Beowulf tells the story of a man by the name of Beowulf that goes through events that prove how heroic he is. Throughout the poem, Beowulf endures three battles. In the first, he battles the monster Grendel. In the second, he battles Grendel's mother. In the end he battles an enraged dragon. With each battle, Beowulf finds increasing difficulty in his opponent, but prevails and saves both the Danes and the Geats from all being killed by monsters. In each battle, Beowulf proves that he is worthy of having the title of a hero....   [tags: grendel, hygd]
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The Epic of Beowulf - Beowulf is an epic poem that explores many themes and motifs within the Anglo-Saxon society. The Author, who remains anonymous, composed the epic around 1000 A.D. The literature focuses mainly on a Scandinavian warrior named Beowulf, who comes to the aid of Herot, a small town ran by King Hrothgar. Beowulf arises to rid the town of evil forces, such as the demon monster Grendel, and his savage mother who seeks revenge for the death of her son. As he ages, Beowulf presumes his title as king of Geatland, still eager to protect his loyal followers from danger....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]
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Beowulf and The Dragon - The name and story of Beowulf is acknowledged by many to be both a great read and story of the hardships and perils of the old Anglo-Saxon era. Just the name Beowulf sparks an interest and immediately brings to mind images of battles and war. Also, Beowulf is a good model example of leadership and bravery that can still be translated into good practices by today’s standards. The fact that the story has lasted over 1,200 years is a testament to the power it holds in enrapturing the mind and the lessons that the legend contains....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 917 words
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The Role of the Hero in Beowulf - ABSTRACT Beowulf is a warrior of Hygelac who was the strongest of men alive in that day. Beowulf was mighty and noble. He learns that a monster named Grendel is terrorizing King Hrothgar and his people, the Danes. He swears to kill the monster with his bare hands and travels to Herot to do so. Grendel is a terrible and strong monster that terrorizes the Danes. Beowulf becomes a hero when he confronts Grendel and grabs him making Grendel afraid for his fate....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 1107 words
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Epic of Beowulf - Beowulf is the largest existence among the fighters in the territory of the Geats and in the beginning of poem Beowulf embarks across the sea to the territory of the Danes to rid their land of a monstrous creäture names Grendel. Grendel arises in the reader's mind as a creäture with a type of putrid-breath, in the darkness, a terror of impact with hard-boned and immeasurably sturdy humanoid build (Heaney, Beowulf). Grendel's advance towards the Great Hall follows a specific course which leads closer to Heorot....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]
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Heroism in Beowulf - Superman, Spiderman, and Batman are heroes. They possess the two traits that are needed in western civilization to be considered a hero: wisdom and fortitude. These modern heroes have wisdom and fortitude. Did Beowulf possess these traits. Beowulf shows he is a hero through both his wisdom and fortitude throughout his adventures. Beowulf is a great hero because he possesses both wisdom and fortitude. Wisdom is one of the traits of hero, but what is wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to make the right judgment, the right decision, because the situation is fully understood....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 1459 words
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Beowulf: The Outsiders - In the Anglo-Saxon poem called Beowulf the concept of outsiders is not only established through its monstrous antagonists, but also humanoid supporting characters. Conversely the protagonist, Beowulf, and his portrayal of godlike perfection allows the reader to interpret Beowulf himself as the central outcast, existing in an imperfect world. Beowulf becomes an outsider while in contrast with other generally perceived outcast characters such as Unferth or the monster Grendel and his unnamed mother....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]
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Epic of Beowulf - An epic is a long narrative poem that celebrates a hero’s deed. An epic hero is best describe as brave, strong, human, and not invincible, and takes quests to defeat evil. Beowulf, from the Anglo-Saxon epic, is an epic hero. Beowulf is a classic example of an epic hero because he has all of these traits. Beowulf is an example of an epic hero because he is brave. Beowulf is described as brave because he agreed to fight Grendel with no weapons or shield. Beowulf tells the king “...the monster’s scorn of men/...nor will I” (168-169)....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 504 words
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Epic of Beowulf - While the classic battle between good and evil forces is a major theme of the medieval epic Beowulf, one may question whether these good and evil forces are as black and white as they appear. Scholars such as Herbert G. Wright claim that the “dragon, like the giant Grendel, is an enemy of mankind, and the audience of Beowulf can have entertained no sympathy for either the one or the other” (Wright, 4). However, other scholars such as Andy Orchard disagree with this claim, and believe that there is “something deeply human about the ‘monsters’” (Orchard, 29)....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 1505 words
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Sympathy in Beowulf - While the classic battle between good and evil forces is a major theme of the medieval epic Beowulf, one may question whether these good and evil forces are as black and white as they appear. Scholars such as Herbert G. Wright claim that “the dragon, like the giant Grendel, is an enemy of mankind, and the audience of Beowulf can have entertained no sympathy for either the one or the other” (Wright, 4). However, other scholars such as Andy Orchard disagree with this claim, and believe that there is “something deeply human about the ‘monsters’” (Orchard, 29)....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 1361 words
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Monsters in Beowulf - There are three prominent monsters in the Beowulf text, Grendel, his mother, and the dragon. While the dragon proves to be the most fatale of foes for Beowulf, Grendel and his mother do not simply pose physical threats to the Germanic society; their roles in Beowulf are manifold. They challenge the perceptions of heroism, a sense of unrivalled perfection and superiority. Moreover, they allow the reader to reconsider the gender constructs upheld within the text; one cannot help but feel that the threat that these monsters present is directed towards the prevalent flaws in Beowulf’s world....   [tags: character analysis, Grendel, mother, dragon] 2103 words
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Beowulf Battles: The Death of Comitatus - In the epic poem of Beowulf, written by an unknown monk in about 725 AD, the Anglo-Saxon virtue of comitatus is displayed as a slowly dying aspect of life. Comitatus is the basic idea that everyone protects the king at all costs even if it means a warrior giving up his own life, and if a king is killed, the warriors must avenge the death of the king or they can no longer serve as warriors for the next king. This value of comitatus is displayed mostly through the three battles that Beowulf encounters during the epic poem....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 1105 words
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Beowulf Larger than Life - I believe our perception of a hero has changed over the years. As we grow up we develop the characteristics that make up a hero. A hero is someone that we look up to. I believe an epic hero is someone that is very brave and does something extraordinary. Modern day heroes risk their own lives to help others. Everyone wants to be a hero but being a hero is not an easy role. What makes Beowulf larger than life is being the strongest warrior around. Beowulf might be arrogant but he proves it in many ways through his actions....   [tags: Anglo Saxon heo, Grendel]
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Pagan and Christian Influences in Beowulf - The author of the epic poem Beowulf is unknown, and similarly to the Illiad by Plato its origins remain a mystery. Throughout the poem there are many clues that Beowulf has become a tradition and was passed down orally for centuries, and finally have been translated from the “old English” that it possibly could have been originally recited as, to the English we know today. In the poem Beowulf a bard recites poetry orally, or in a song, usually telling stories about historical triumphs and adventures....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 2304 words
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Epic of Beowulf - Beowulf, the national epic of England, was passed down from generation to generation tells the legend of a mighty hero. This folk epic portrays the ideas of 16th century Anglo-Saxon culture until the early 8th century when a monk transcribed it into written form. Housed in the British Museum, the manuscript is considered to be a historical document as well as a great piece of literature. This tale narrates a story about a man who saves two nations from terrible beings which embody evil. Beowulf contains many themes such as the fantasy of supernatural creatures and the role of woman....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 1332 words
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Epic of Beowulf - The 8th century epic poem Beowulf illustrates a loss of community, cultural values and tradition. On the other hand, an elegiac passing of an extraordinary hero and the relationship between the themes of mortality and heroism are well discussed in Beowulf. Beowulf’s character exemplifies the Germanic and the Anglo-Saxon ideals of the hero: strong, fearless, bold, loyal, and stoic in the acceptance of fate. Despite his lack of humility, Beowulf was the definition of a hero in his own time by his demonstration of chivalry and his important roles in society....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 1103 words
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Paganism and Christianity in Beowulf - Beowulf is an epic poem that centers around the hero Beowulf, a Geat from Sweden who crosses the sea to Denmark in a heroic quest to save King Hrothgar, king of the Danes and the builder of Herot, and his men from the demonic monster Grendel who kills and feasts on Hrothgar’s warriors. Beowulf’s adventure does not end when he defeats Grendel though, he must also kill Grendel’s mother because she seeks revenge for her son’s death. Once Beowulf kills Grendel’s mother, he goes home and soon becomes the king....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 1418 words
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The Role of a Lost Language in Beowulf - The epic Beowulf is one of the earliest known works in the English vernacular. The protagonist, Beowulf, is a hero with superhuman powers who fears nothing and no one. The poem follows his journey through life and specifically his defeat of the three antagonists: Grendel, Grendel’s mother and the dragon, who brings about Beowulf’s downfall. The chosen passage details the horrors of Grendel’s attack on Heorot, the domain of Hrothgar, King of the Danes and comes before Beowulf is introduced. There are some problems in studying a text such as Beowulf....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 861 words
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Good vs Evil in Beowulf - In Beowulf, the clash between good and evil is the poem's main and most significant focal point. Although the epic poem Beowulf utilizes many characteristics of Christian themes, the violence in the poem relates to paganism. By exploring the characteristics of “good vs. evil” such as Cain, Grendel and Beowulf, this paper will explore the elements of Beowulf in such a light. The Anglo-Saxon poem, Beowulf, was originally told orally then later was written down anonymously in the Old English language....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]
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Epic of Beowulf - While the heroic epic poem Beowulf features a significant amount of female characters (Grendel’s mother, Wealhtheow, etc.), it is obvious that the men and their affairs are the focus of the story. Stacy S. Klein points out that “the poem’s powerfully masculinist disposition is apparent in its largely male cast of characters and in the relatively minimal attention given to the women who do appear” (87). As part of the heroic culture present in the poem, it is commonplace for “women [to be] married off to men of rival tribes in order to insure observance of peace treaties” (Fee, 285)....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 1012 words
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Beowulf and Batman - There are many similarities between Batman- a modern day hero making use of his intellect, modern technology, and detective skills on crime and warfare and the classic hero, Beowulf- who travels great distances to prove his strength against his enemies, even at impossible odds. For example, the simplest being that they are both heroes working towards the common good, saving others without twice thinking of their own safety. However there are also many differences: obvious ones such as the fact they were born centuries apart, and subtle ones like the importance placed on humility with Batman versus self-confidence with Beowulf....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 620 words
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Complexity in Beowulf - Beowulf is a story that has stood the test of time. Its history is extensive and our fascination with it appears never-ending. As mysterious as it is epic, the poem tells the tale of a man on glorious and unimaginable quests. Beowulf is a warrior capable of slaying the most horrifying monsters of his time. He is a great hero and later a great king (Greenblatt 2006). Yet, is there something lacking in his character. What of the people around him. How do they stack up against the creations of modern day writers....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]
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Beowulf: An Epic Literary Work - Beowulf is arguably one of the most riveting, and influential epic poems in Anglo-Saxon history. The author of this epic is still unknown as is the exact date that it was written though historians predict that it was written somewhere in between the 8th and 11th Centuries. The story is set in Scandinavia and is about a Geatish hero named Beowulf and his epics and heroics. It is a poem that follows Beowulf through his life as he comes to the aid of the king of Danes and at a relatively young age slays a couple of dragons....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]
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Language in Beowulf - So many languages, so many cultures. So many people, so many minds. One of the hardest things for humans to interpret is language, especially if the language they are interpreting is one they are not primarily familiar to the language they are interpreting. A result of this is a myriad of interpretations, each with their own individual ‘twist’ depending on the translator. This applies immensely when it comes to the ancient but timeles epic poem Beowulf. Beowulf was written in Old English by an unknown author between the centuries of 800 AD and 1000 AD....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 757 words
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Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon Hero - According to the definition, a hero is one who embodies the values of their society. In the epic Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, written by an anonymous author, the character Beowulf is used to convey the value that Anglo-Saxons placed on courage, strength, and loyalty. Courage is certainly a trait which every hero must possess, particularly because no one wants a hero who is a coward. Thankfully, Beowulf is no coward. When Beowulf hears of Grendel’s exploits in Denmark, he travels to the “distant” land, without hesitation, to rid the Danes of that “demon…conceived by a pair of those monsters born of Cain, murderous creatures banished by God”....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 693 words
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The Portrayl of Religion in Beowulf - In the story Beowulf, there are a few different religions that are represented by the author. All the religions are portrayed in the story through the author’s eyes and his beliefs. The author makes clear what religion he believes in and his views. Some instances in the story also relate to the conflict between Christianity and the code of warriors. Throughout the story, the author is faced with the challenge of trying to portray his beliefs with a character whose actions are in conflict with his beliefs....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]
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The Religious Context of Beowulf - There has long been controversy and speculation over the religious context of the poem Beowulf. Many believe that Beowulf was written to be strictly a Pagan tale, yet some insist that there is a subtle but definite theme of Christianity that outlines the poem. Although it is tough to decipher the actual intensions of religious outlook in Beowulf, (not having discovered the true author) it is safe to conclude that both Pagan and Christian components are established within the text. Beowulf was originally thought of as a Pagan tale which happened to be scribed by a Christian monk....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 625 words
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Good vs. Evil in "Beowulf" - In the epic poem Beowulf, the struggle between good and evil reveals its omnipresence in even the oldest of tales. The many allusions and symbols throughout the story relate to Christianity and other Pagan beliefs. By looking at them, it becomes apparent that the author of Beowulf believed that the constant war between good and evil is not only fought by the common man but also in the ranks of their highest esteemed rulers and warriors, and even in their dreaded nightmares where monsters lurk and wait for the death of man....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 924 words
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Loyalty and Treasure-Seeking in Beowulf - In many respects, Beowulf is a very traditional epic hero. His stalwart courage and sense of justice are paramount, as evidenced in his willingness to help Hrothgar free Heorot from the nocturnal killings of Grendel. However, Beowulf is not merely a capable warrior—he is also a skilled courtier, and it is his eloquence and way with words that wins admiration from the Hrothgar and the Danes of Heorot. What makes Beowulf’s behavior so admirable is not because he is merely enacting the moral ideals and virtues championed by the Anglo-Saxon society, but that he is doing so in spite of his status as a flawed character....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]
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Epic of Beowulf - The female figure has graced the pages of literature since the beginning of history. In some cases, women have been praised and appreciated for their motherly abilities and moral correctness. The Virgin Mary appeared in the bible as a symbol of a woman of faith, courage, humility, praise, and prayer. Women are often referenced in the Bible as the most influential and strong-willed. In the epic poem of “Beowulf,” Grendel’s mother is portrayed as a strong, evil-fighting woman. Yet, with the superiority of men, women are also looked down upon and withheld from several rights of passages and freedoms....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 2857 words
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Beowulf is a True Epic - An epic is defined as a long narrative poem that traces the story of a hero. Stories throughout history have shown us many things about the culture and people of that time. While many stories have heros and morals, there remains something much more that sets an epic apart from the rest of literature. "Beowolf" is an amazing story that exhibits all aspects of a proper epic. While many things define an epic poem, one very important aspect is that the hero of the story is identified with society, the hero, Beowulf clearly identifies himself with both the Dane and Geat people....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]
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Christian and Pagan Elements in Beowulf - In eighth century Anglo-Saxon society, history was passed down as oral stories, as writing historical events was too troublesome as there were too many dialects. In addition, in eighth century Anglo-Saxon society, there was an important transition from the old pagan traditions to the new theology of Christianity. Thus, as new stories were being told, to make them apply to the audience, Christianity had to be incorporated. Coming out of this age of transition, Beowulf has various Christian colorings along with the pagan traditions of old....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]
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Use of Digressions in Beowulf - The author of Beowulf cleverly uses digressions throughout the work in order to foreshadow events or give more insight on a situation. Some digressions may be used as guidance in how to live one’s life. The digression on page fifty-two in lines 884 through 914 of Beowulf in The Norton Anthology: English Literature Volume A, the entertainer who is singing in Beowulf’s honor after he slew the monster Grendel. To the characters of Beowulf, the song is simply entertainment, but to the reader it is foreknowledge of future events that will unfold as the story continues....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]
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An Analytical View of Beowulf - Was the story of Beowulf’s battle between good and evil a reflection of Christ battling Satan. There are 3 major battles within Seamus Heaney's edition of the epic poem Beowulf all of which earn Beowulf some heroic status for saving the town from the evil antagonists that lurk, but is there a deeper meaning behind these battles than just an old tale. Is there some metaphor we are supposed to perceive. Throughout Beowulf there are a lot of different themes to pick and choose from, some interesting and more prevailing ones are that of pride vs....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]
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Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon Symbolism - Anglo Saxon’s history is well known for their loyalty, courage and bravery. Beowulf our protagonist is symbolized as a hero, who represents the Anglo Saxons at the time. Beowulf earns his fame and respect through battling creatures nobody else would want to face. These creatures symbolize the evil that lurks beyond the dark. Beowulf’s intense battle with these creatures’ symbolizes the epic battle of good versus evil. In the end good triumphs over evil but one cannot avoid death. Beowulf’s death can be symbolized as the death of the Anglo Saxons....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 843 words
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Beowulf - A Medieval Hero - Day by day, individuals are faced with challenges that lead to extremes. People confront hurdles while achieving everything they are obligated to do. Every day, ordinary people are to some extent a hero. It is normal for people to face obstacles and barriers when performing their duty. But within those people, the ones that do not quit due to their frustration are the real heroes. What people today refer to when they think of hero is someone strong and brave who protects the feeble ones. It is true a hero must be stalwart and bold, for a medieval hero to be distinguished one must also overcome their fears in order to achieve success....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 1887 words
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Heroism in Beowulf and Frankenstein - With fear comes courage, with experience comes bravery, and with pain comes strength. One may assume that these traits are the exact characteristics a hero. However, heroism can come in many different forms. Victor Frankenstein, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Beowulf exemplify many different traits of heroism. The perfect image of a true hero is Beowulf. His courage and confidence seems to come naturally. He is the ideal man; he puts others before himself and has amazing physical and mental strength....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]
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Sensory Details in Beowulf - Throughout literature there are constant themes that require the reader to recognize certain events as more than what they literally are presented as. Thomas C. Foster explains the symbolism of a meal in his novel How to Read Literature Like a Professor by stating, “Sometimes a meal is just a meal…More often than not, though, it’s not”. His belief is exemplified in the epic poem Beowulf [B], translated by Seamus Heaney, through symbolism the poem expresses a sense of camaraderie and community that comes with sharing a meal....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]
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Epic Hero: Beowulf - ... Beowulf uses his wisdom wisely in every situation he encounters. When Beowulf fights Grendel's mother, first he looked around his surrounding and “he sights a famous old sword of the giants, which he seizes and thrusts at Grendel’s mother, who falls in helpless death throes” (Foster 1). In every battle, Beowulf is overpowered with wisdom, which makes him an epic hero. The second thing that makes Beowulf an epic hero is his strength. Beowulf’s main weapon against any opponents, he face is his mighty strength, which makes him the true epic hero....   [tags: grendel, social power] 757 words
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Beowulf: The Selfless Hero - Beowulf: The Selfless Hero Beowulf is an epic poem that describes the heroics of a man with superhuman strength and bravery to go with it. The poem starts with a journey across the sea to defeat an enemy that has plagued the land of Herot for twelve years. The poem ends with Beowulf’s final deed of defeating a dragon that was plaguing his own land, but with the defeat of the dragon also comes the death of Beowulf. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a poem of bravery by one of King Arthur’s knights....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon]
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Christian and Pagan Virtues Displayed in Beowulf - Many times in literature authors blend two dissimilar traditions and virtues in order to make up a persons true identity. In the epic poem Beowulf, the Christian allegory is woven with a pagan fable in order to truly represent the characters. The Christian and pagan virtues are successfully synchronized and amalgamate the story as a whole which is displayed by the two main characters, Beowulf and Grendel, through their personal traits. Many Christian elements and values create the disposition of Beowulf....   [tags: Epic Poems, Grendel, Anglo-Saxon] 1009 words
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Beowulf's Epic Heroism - In Beowulf the poem, Beowulf is considered to be an epic hero, he is different than just a regular hero. At the time, except for the King, warriors were the most honored and respected. Throughout this poem the author expresses that Beowulf is a true epic hero. What makes an epic hero. An epic hero must undertake a quest to achieve something tremendous value to his nation, must be super-human, and protects his people and their ideals. Beowulf is one of the greatest warriors of all time to protect his nation and people, he is a perfect candidate of an epic hero....   [tags: Grendel's Defeat, Sacrifice] 588 words
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