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The Perfect Ruler in the Epic Poem, Beowulf -        The classic poem Beowulf presents the concept of the perfect king/leader/ruler. This is presented in two modes: the ideal Germanic king and the ideal Christian king. Literary scholar Levin L. Schucking in “Ideal of Kingship” states: “I have already tried to prove that the author of Beowulf designed it as a kind of Furstenspiegel (“mirror of a prince”) – perhaps for the young son of a prince, a thought with which Heusler later agreed” (36). So the author of Beowulf had in mind a human ideal of the perfect leader/ruler which he was trying to convey to the young man who was in search of the proper way, the ideal way that a ruler, a king, should govern his kingdom....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essay]
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Epic of Beowulf Essay - Prosody of Beowulf - Prosody of Beowulf          The prosody of Beowulf is the art of Old English versification, made to be chanted orally, not read silently. Therefore it uses alliteration and accent to achieve the poetic effect which Modern English poetry achieves through the use of poetic feet, each having the same number of syllables and the same pattern of accent (Wilkie 1271). Theory on the prosody of Beowulf is evolving.   In the manuscript version of the poem, alliteration is employed in almost every line (or two half-lines); in most modern translations of the poem this is not so....   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays]
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The Epic Poem, Beowulf - Beowulf and Christianity - Beowulf and Christianity It was a dark time and the devastating effects of war had taken their toll. Many had given up hope entirely that things would ever get better, that the land of present day England would cease its bloodshed. From the conquests of the Romans, to the Germanic tribes, to the Vikings, the people of the British Isles had been battered. They needed a hero, someone who represented strength, decency, and bravery. So came the story of Beowulf. Beowulf is a fictional hero of this time....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essay] 1129 words
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Women’s Roles in the Epic of Beowulf - Women’s Roles in Beowulf         Are women in this poem active equals of the men. Or are they passive victims of the men. The role of the women in Beowulf is not a stereotyped one of passive homemaker, but rather one having freedom of choice, range of activity, and room for personal growth and development, such as is reflected in Anglo-Saxon England of the time.   Beowulf makes reference to Ingeld and his wife and the coming Heathobard feud:                                                               in that hot passion his love for peace-weaver,                    his wife, will cool (2065-66)   This is a rare passage, for Anglo-Saxon poetry rarely mentions romantic...   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essay]
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What is Epic System Corps - ... With Kaiser having a footprint of more than 200 hospitals, it can be estimated that each facility spent about $20 Million for the system. Even with Kaiser doing a comparative cost study between Epic and rival Cerner, “doctors and nurses voted overwhelmingly for Epic.” Sutter healthcare system acquired Epic for 5 of their largest facilities spending over 500 million. Duke University Healthcare system spent over $700 Million, Partners Healthcare, based out of Boston, spent the nearly the same amount as Duke Healthcare system....   [tags: medical, records, cost]
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Comparing the Babylonian Flood vs. Biblical Flood - As early as 1000 B.C.E. tablets were discovered in several different regions as the first piece of literature known as, The Epic of Gilgamesh. This ancient Mesopotamia epic poem was delivered to the public in a theatrical way which was, then, the era’s only form of entertainment. “Around 1200 B.C.E. the epic was revised into its definitive form by a Babylonian priest named Sin-liqe-unninni” (Damrosch 29). Then, there is “the first eleven chapters of The Book of Genesis which was a prologue for the entire Torah, the Hebrew Bible that was written in the 1st millennium B.C.E.” (Damrosch 74)....   [tags: Compare Contrast Essays]
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Abraham's Obedience: A Biblical Epic - Although it may not be automatically detected by many of today's readers, a common literary genre manifests itself within several accounts of the Bible: epic. Epic is often a form of literature affiliated with works such as The Odyssey, however, its unique, artistic style can also be easily detected within the Word of God. Abraham's faithful obedience to God when called upon to sacrifice his only son is one such example found within the book of Genesis. It contains several epic elements which Homer's audience would recognize with ease....   [tags: The Bible] 1167 words
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Odysseus the Epic by Homer - Ever since the beginning of time men and women have told countless stories of adventure, discovery, and conquest. These stories often divulge the grand adventures of epic heroes. An epic hero is someone with abundant importance whose actions involve perilous journeys and marvelous warrior skills in war or battle (Abram). In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus, the king of the great island of Ithaca, is called to fight alongside the Greeks in the Trojan War. The Greeks defeated the Trojans with the help of clever Odysseus’ Trojan horse....   [tags: ephic heroes, zeus, poliphemus]
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Analysis of Epic Poem Beowulf - Beowulf is the conventional title of an Old English epic poem consisting of 3182 alliterative long lines, set in Scandinavia, commonly cited as one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature due to the fact that it is the oldest surviving epic poem of Old English and also the earliest vernacular English literature. Tragedy and epic have been much discussed as separate genres, but critics have not hesitated to designate certain characters and events in epics as tragic. For the most part, they have assumed or asserted an identity between epic and dramatic tragedy....   [tags: Old English, Poem, Scandinavia]
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Bertolt Brecht and Epic Theatre - Bertolt Brecht attempted to fight what he saw as a corrupt capitalist society with his best weapon: Theatre. By implementing a style of theatre that invoked audience engagement in a novel way, he hoped to call attention to the crookedness of German society and ignite a revolution. He called his technique Epic Theatre, which needed the participation and cooperation of both spectator and performer to be effective. Epic Theatre is structured in a certain way so that the audience may apply critique to the world around them after leaving the performance....   [tags: audience, germans, corrput capitalistic society] 1704 words
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Odysseus: an Epic Hero - Picture this: a hero of great legends who travels to the underworld and back to get directions to his home from a blind prophet. It sounds like quite an impossible journey, but that is exactly what makes Odysseus all the more fascinating. The Odyssey, an epic poem orally transmitted by Homer, a Greek poet who wrote The Iliad, had to contain some variety of attributes that Greeks valued in a person. That one embodiment of what the Greeks found intriguing in a character is Odysseus. Odysseus is known as what is called an epic hero....   [tags: Character Analysis] 827 words
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Odysseus, an Epic Hero - Picture this, a hero of great legends who travels to the underworld and back to get directions to his home from a blind prophet. It sounds like quite an impossible journey, but that’s exactly what makes Odysseus all the more interesting. The Odyssey, an epic poem orally transmitted by Homer, a Greek poet, had to contain some sort of attributes that Greeks valued in a person. That one embodiment of what the Greeks found intriguing in a character is Odysseus. Odysseus is known as what is called an epic hero....   [tags: Character Analysis] 803 words
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A Comparison of the Flood of Genesis and Gilgamesh - A Comparison of the Flood of Genesis and Gilgamesh A good number of people know the famous story of the Genesis flood, but do they know how it resembles to the Gilgamesh flood story. It is mind bending how the main stories are so alike. The main theme is the biggest similarity between the two. They also differ greatly in the smaller details in the events that take place. In both stories the number of days for events are different, but the same basic event takes place. Along with many other similarities and differences....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1428 words
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Victor Frankenstein: Epic Hero - ... We felt that they were not the tyrants to rule our lot according to their caprice, but the agents and creators of all the many delights which we enjoyed. When I mingled with other families I distinctly discerned how peculiarly fortunate my lot was, and gratitude assisted the development of filial love.” (Chapter 2) The love that he has for his family is one of the only things that keeps him hopeful. This hope is what led to his strive for happiness. Karen Spears describes this when she writes: “The characters all hold the power of either giving or taking away life in their hands when Walton is on his ship, the Creation murders Frankenstein’s wife and friend Clerval, and Frankenstein cre...   [tags: Mary Shelley novel, character analysis]
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An Analysis of the Epic Poem, Beowulf - Poetic Devices in Beowulf - Poetic Devices in Beowulf       There are a small variety of poetic devices employed in the composition of the poem Beowulf, and they are repeated numerous times.   The Old English poetry of Beowulf is distinguished primarily by its heavy use of  allliteration, or the repetition of the initial sounds of words. In the original manuscript version of the poem, alliteration is employed in almost every line (or two half-lines); in modern translations of the poem this is not so. In lines 4 and 5 of the poem we find:   Oft Scyld Scefing                               sceapena preatum monegum maegpum                           meodo-setla ofteah   The repetition of the “s” sound in line...   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays]
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An Analysis of the Epic Poem, Beowulf - The World of Beowulf - The World of Beowulf      The poem Beowulf depicts a world inhabited by semi-civilized societies that are very loyal to members of their group, that are transitory, that have little security, that are made prey of, by even single monsters of huge strength (Thompson 16).   In the poem the families or tribes that have banded together have formed their small societies. Ralph Arnold in  his essay “Royal Halls – The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial,” says: “Lust for gold as a symbol of royal wealth and for gold to give away probably accounted for much of the warfare in which the early English kings indulged” (91)....   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays]
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An Analysis of the Epic Poem, Beowulf - The Structure of Beowulf - The Structure of Beowulf          There are several structures which scholars find in the poem Beowulf. It is the purpose of this essay to briefly elaborate on these structures.   The first theory regarding the structure of Beowulf is put forth by J.R.R. Tolkien in “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics.” Tolkien states:    The poem “lacks steady advance”: so Klaeber heads a critical section in his edition. But the poem was not meant to advance, steadily or unsteadily. It is essentially a balance, an opposition of ends and beginnings....   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays]
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Epic of Beowulf Essay - Dating and Locating the Composition of Beowulf - Dating and Locating the Composition of Beowulf       Dating and locating the composition of Beowulf is impossible to do with precision at this time because we do not have enough information about the poem’s specific historical context and because the poem is not constructed in such a consistently symbolic way to warrant a single allegorical-historical interpretation..   Estimates of the date of the poem’s composition “range from 340 to 1025, with ca. 515-530 and 1000 being almost universally acknowledged as the possible extremes” (Bjork 13)....   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays]
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An Analysis of the Epic Poem, Beowulf - Social Codes in Beowulf - Social Codes in Beowulf                                                               In reading Beowulf, one cannot help noticing the abundance of references to weapons and armor throughout the text. Many passages involving weapons and armor contain important messages that the author is trying to convey. These passages involve the choice to use or refrain from using arms, the practice of disarming oneself upon entering another's home, and the idea of a man's worth being measured by his weapons....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essay]
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An Analysis of the Epic Poem, Beowulf - Characterization of Beowulf - Characterization of Beowulf             The dialogue, action and motivation revolve about the characters in the poem (Abrams 32-33). It is the purpose of this essay to demonstrate the types of characters present in the anonymously written Anglo-Saxon poem, Beowulf - whether static or dynamic, whether flat or round, and whether protrayed through showing or telling.   At the very outset of the poem the reader is introduced, through “telling” by the scop, to Scyld Scefing, forefather of the Danish ruling dynasty:   Oft Scyld the Scefing from squadroned foes, from many a tribe, the mead-bench tore, awing the earls....   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays]
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Women in the Epic of Beowulf and in Other Anglo-Saxon Poems - The Women in Beowulf and in Other Anglo-Saxon Poems             Are women in these poems active equals of the men. Or are they passive victims of the men. The roles of the women in Beowulf and other Anglo-Saxon poems are not always stereotyped ones of passive homemaker and childbearer and peaceweaver, but sometimes ones giving freedom of choice, range of activity, and room for personal growth and development. Beowulf makes reference to Ingeld and his wife and the coming Heathobard feud: in that hot passion his love for peace-weaver, his wife, will cool (2065-66) This is a rare passage, for Anglo-Saxon poetry rarely mentions romantic feelings toward women....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf womenbeo]
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themebeo Epic of Beowulf Essay - Theme and Style of Beowulf - The Theme and Style of Beowulf                   Interpretations of Beowulf’s theme vary much more than commentary on the poet’s style. In this essay I hope to state clearly some of the popularly mentioned themes running through the poem, and to carefully delineate many aspects of the author’s style.   “Many critics feel that the speech of Hrothgar between lines 1700 and 1784 encapsulates the moral of the poem….’He does not know the worse – till inside him great arrogance grows and spreads’” (Shippey 38)....   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays]
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Epic of Beowulf Essay - Lindisfarne and Christian Influences in Beowulf - Lindisfarne and Christian Influences in Beowulf       The Beowulf manuscript, written around the year 1000 and containing approximately 70 Christian references/allusions, could owe part of its Christianization to the Catholic bishops, priests, monks and laity who made The Lindisfarne Gospels a reality about 300 years prior.   “. . . the poem is the product of a great age, the age of Bede, an age which knew artistic achievements of the kind buried at Sutton Hoo, an age in which art and learning were united to produce great gospel books like the Lindisfarne Gospels, now in the British Museum,  ....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essay]
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Epic of Beowulf Essay - Ambiguous Allegories and Imperfect Symbols - Ambiguous Allegories and Imperfect Symbols in Beowulf          Though Beowulf contains apocalyptic elements from beginning to end, perhaps the most important apocalyptic element of Beowulf is the poet's historicizing of the biblical monsters in his characterization of Grendel, his mother, and the dragon. Of course, the many ambiguities found in Beowulf is the source of considerable confusion. For instance, on the one hand, early in the poem we read that the Danes in their dire necessity pray at heathen temples, invoking the devil for aid: "Such was their custom, the hope of the heathens; they thought of hell in their hearts; they knew not the Lord, the Judge of deeds, they knew not the L...   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays]
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Epic of Beowulf Essay - Traits of The Anglo-Saxon Hero - Beowulf - Traits of The Anglo-Saxon Hero Within the tale of “Beowulf” four character traits can be found which define the Anglo Saxon Hero. The first is loyalty, as demonstrated by the relationship between Lord and thane. According to page 23 of the “Beowulf” introduction, “a relationship based less on subordination of one man’s will to another than on mutual trust and respect.” The second and third characteristics are strength and courage. The importance of these specific traits to the Anglo-Saxon people is clearly presented during the reciting of Sigemund’s tale within Heorot....   [tags: Epic Beowulf herobeo] 1256 words
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themebeo Epic of Beowulf Essay - Style, Structure and Theme - Style, Structure and Theme of Beowulf                    A consideration of the stylistic features in the classic poem Beowulf involves a study of the poetic verse, the vocabulary, alliteration, litotes, simile, kennings, variation and double-meaning or ambiguity. A consideration of the structure and the theme of the poem involve a wide diversity of opinion on the subject.   First, let us talk about style. The poetic conventions used by this poet include two half-lines in each verse, separated by a caesura or pause....   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays]
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Epic of Beowulf Essay - The Value System in Beowulf - The Value System Revealed in Beowulf Beowulf is a deeply serious commentary on human life with the main characters embodying a pronounced and coherent set of values. They are also the representatives of the outlined code for conduct and behaviour of those times. Honour, generosity and trust may seem to be the key words in the code. The protagonists reiterate in actions and words a belief in the importance of generosity of spirit and self awareness that make man a responsible member of the society....   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays] 508 words
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The Epic Poem, Beowulf - Vengeance and Revenge in Beowulf - Vengeance and Revenge in Beowulf   The oldest of the great lengthy poems written in English and perhaps the lone survivor of a genre of Anglo-Saxon epics, Beowulf, was written by an unknown Christian author at a date that is only estimated.  Even so, it is a remarkable narrative story in which the poet reinvigorates the heroic language, style, and values of Germanic oral poetry.  He intertwines a number of themes including good and evil, youth and old age, paganism and Christianity and the heroic ideal code, into his principal narrative and numerous digressions and episodes; all of which were extremely important to his audience at the time.  Vengeance, part of the heroic code, was regard...   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays]
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Epic of Beowulf Essay - Beowulf and the Hero Myth - Beowulf and the Hero Myth Beowulf contains a myriad of different heroic ethical and social values. Most of these values are ingeniously rooted within, or made evident by the opposing forces of the poem. The initial opposing force arrives in the form of Grendel, a vile creature who's rampages mirror that of a modern serial killer. As the poem draws toward the conclusion, it focuses on the dragon, a creature developed by the poet to solidify the rise and fall of the archetypal hero....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essay] 866 words
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Epic of Beowulf Essay - The Author/Poet of Beowulf - The Author/Poet of Beowulf         Little is known about the poet who wrote Beowulf; we have only what information we can deduce from logically reasoning from whatever evidence scholars find in the poem itself.   First of all, consistency of style suggests that the poem was written by one person only (Thompson 14). There is no appreciable variation from uniform linguistic and metrical characteristics. Antithesis is a strong feature of the style:“This tendency to antithesis, frequently verging on paradox, and the constant play of irony are but stylistic manifestations of those movements of the poet’s thought which shape the very stuff of the poem” (Blomfield 58)....   [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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Epic of Beowulf Essay - Beowulf as Anglo-Saxon Hero - Beowulf - An Anglo-Saxon Hero A hero is a person of distinguished courage who has outstanding qualities and abilities, who is admired for these having these aspects of their character and also admired for brave and noble acts. An Anglo-Saxon hero is a person who has good leadership qualities, is able and willing to provide people with a sense of security, and is willing to go into danger despite possible harm to themselves. These Anglo-Saxon heroes usually were kings or thanes because they distinguished themselves above others by doing a good for the greater of everyone....   [tags: Epic Beowulf herobeo] 555 words
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Epic of Beowulf - Contradictory Christian Elements in Beowulf - Contradictory Christian Elements in Beowulf        In Beowulf the Christian element, which coexists alongside the pagan or heathen, sometimes in a seemingly contradictory fashion, is many faceted.   Certainly the Christian element seems to be too deeply interwoven in the text for us to suppose that it is due to additions made by scribes at a time when the poem had come to be written down. The Christian element had to be included by the original poet or by minstrels who recited it in later times....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essay]
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Epic of Beowulf Essay - Beowulf and Its Formulas - Beowulf  and Its Formulas   The making of Beowulf involved the choosing of formulas mostly, from a common body of narrative, rather than individual words, and largely on the basis of alliterative needs.   In his esay, “The Pessimism of Many Germanic Stories,” A. Kent Hieatt says:   The Germanic peoples seem to have inherited a common body of narrative, which is a key to understanding the often incomplete and puzzling allusions and interpolated stories forming a large part of Beowulf” (45)....   [tags: Epic Beowulf essays]
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The Epic Poem, Beowulf - Beowulf and Heroic Virtues - Beowulf and Heroic Virtues      Although the main character in Beowulf is Beowulf himself, I believe that the single section which most concisely illustrates the heroic values in this poem occurs on pages 61 through 64 of the text, and is illustrated not by Beowulf's actions, but by Wiglaf's. Although Wiglaf is by nationality Swedish, he identifies himself as Beowulf's kinsman when he says "I did begin to help my kinsman." (Chickering 64)   Wiglaf, in coming to Beowulf's aid in the fight against the dragon, typifies several important heroic virtues....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essay]
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Gilgamesh - Gilgamesh Death in ancient Mesopotamia was something to be dreaded. Nowhere is there mentioned an afterlife condition comparable to our ideas of heaven. Their netherworld, endured by all, must have been the prototype of our idea of hell. It’s a place wherein souls “are bereft of light, clay their food” and “dirt is their drink.” They are ruled over by the harrowing figure of Ereshkigal, forever rending her clothes and clawing her flesh in mourning over her endless miscarriages. These unpleasant descriptions are a natural reaction to the experience of burial, being trapped within the earth where no light can reach and nothing can grow....   [tags: Papers] 1598 words
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Popol Vuh vs. Gilgamesh - Popol Vuh vs. Gilgamesh While the two texts Gilgamesh and Popol Vuh have many similarities, themes characters ect. I personally would not call the two texts similar. In my opinion for two texts to be similar they must poses similar general themes that apply to the entire text, not small themes that only apply to portions of the text. In other words I believe that two texts can have similar events, yet have completely different meanings. Popol Vuh and Gilgamesh actually had more similarities than dissimilarities, but it is the significance of those similarities, not the quantity, that really counts....   [tags: Papers] 860 words
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Epic Theater - Social change is defined as an ‘alteration in the basic structures of a social group or society’. Social change occurs when a group of people change their minds and beliefs on what is socially acceptable, this is usually due to an event or change in public opinion. Brecht’s epic theatre can be used as a vehicle for social change as it is used to convey a message to the audience. Bertolt Brecht was born on the 10th of February 1898 in Augsburg, Germany. As a child he was unpopular, with outspoken views, which were thought to be beyond his years of knowledge....   [tags: Theater ] 1020 words
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Culture of the Near East - From the Near East comes the Old Babylonian account of the life and death of GILGAMESH. There was a real Gilgamesh, a king who ruled some 2700 years before Christ lived and the Romans consolidated their vast empire. The character and the exploits of this king were preserved in the form of stories that circulated for many years after the king's death. Some of these tales -- more than 600 years after Gilgamesh's rule -- were collected by a story teller and were put down in the form of an epic poem....   [tags: Ancient World Culture] 395 words
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Oedipus Rex and Gilgamesh - 'No two men are alike in the way they act, the way they think, or the way they look. However, every man has a little something from the other. Although Oedipus and Gilgamesh are entirely different people, they are still very similar. Each one, in their own way, is exceptionally brave, heroically tragic, and both encompass diverse strengths and weaknesses. One is strictly a victim of fate and the other is entirely responsible for his own plight. Out of the two men, Gilgamesh was far braver than Oedipus....   [tags: Compare Contrast Oedipus the King]
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Gilgamesh and Modern Society - Throughout time, people of all cultures have told stories of heroes and kings. The most ancient story we have on record is the tale of King Gilgamesh. This story is an account of the King's journeys and accomplishments. Although it was written over four thousand years ago, many comparisons can be made between the society in which the story was written and our own modern society. In this essay, differences and similarities between the two societies will be examined. The story itself reflects an image of the cultural situation in which it was conceived....   [tags: World Literature] 385 words
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Comparing Gilgamesh to Genesis - Comparing Gilgamesh to Genesis In both Gilgamesh and Noah and the Flood, man’s wickedness leads to death, destruction, and rebirth all caused by billions of gallons of water sweeping the earth’s surface. The flood in both stories destroys most of mankind. The floods represent rebirth and a new beginning for mankind, as well as the gods and God’s wrath. In Gilgamesh the gods decide to destroy mankind by flooding the earth for six days and nights. Utnapishtim is chosen to build a boat in order to restart mankind after the flood....   [tags: essays papers] 773 words
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The Successful Hero on a Path to Failure - The Successful Hero on a Path to Failure What is a hero. Is a hero is a great individual with powers or qualities that separate him from the rest of the society or world for that matter. In a sense, perhaps, I think a hero can be much more than just having these particular qualities. In my opinion, a hero is someone that also commands great respect. There must also have been a great event or deed for someone to be deemed a hero. In the heroic tale of Gilgamesh, Gilgamesh himself is a hero. He has the qualities required for being a hero, but he is lacking....   [tags: Papers] 1343 words
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Epic Hero: Beowulf - In every epic story, the center of attention will be on the epic hero. Usually all the epic heroes have some kind of special power, which keep them different from other characters. Later on, their epic journey these powers, help them to win the glory, which make them epic heroes. In Beowulf, Beowulf is truly an epic hero, because of his wisdom, strength and bravery. The first thing that makes Beowulf an epic hero is his wisdom. In this epic poem Beowulf fight with many characters, that are bigger and stronger than him, but Beowulf wins all these battles through his wisdom....   [tags: grendel, social power] 757 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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Women Set the Boundaries - The Epic of Gilgamesh was written in Mesopotamia in 2700 B.C.E. (Droge). During that time, women were thought of as equal partners in life and enjoyed privileges such as owning property and doing business on their own (Craig 12). The story starts off with Gilgamesh who is one third man and two thirds god. His power is out of control so an equal creature is created by the gods to keep him in check. This story is about a man's quest for immortality in addition to the importance of boundaries between the realms of animal, man and god....   [tags: World Literature] 821 words
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Epic Theatres - Epic Theatres "Epic Theatre turns the spectator into an observer, but arouses his capacity for action, forces him to take decisions...the spectator stands outside, studies." (Bertolt Brecht. Brecht on Theatre. New York:Hill & Yang, 1964. p37) The concept of “epic theatre” was brought to life by German playwright, Bertolt Brecht. This direction of theatre was inspired by Brecht's Marxist political beliefs. It was somewhat of a political platform for his ideologies. Epic theatre is the assimilation of education through entertainment and is the antithesis of Stanislavsky's Realism and also Expressionism....   [tags: essays research papers] 1061 words
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