Central Themes of Beowulf Marshaya Hamilton Themes within literature represent the underlying message(s) that are being conveyed throughout the story, themes are not only a connection to the author but also brings about a bridge that links the piece of writing to the real world. Often time themes are universal, reflected from the characters to the reader, in Beowulf this is no exception. Multiple themes are touched upon and explored in depth throughout this epic, all of which are major devices that support the story’s development. Loyalty, a strong feeling of support or allegiance. Arguably loyalty is one of Beowulf’s most outward traits.
Beowulf's deeds and actions toward others reflect his heroic personality. He is described as "…greater/And stronger than anyone anywhere in this world," although there is no information as to how he has received this reputation. We learn about the main character more through the eyes of the Danish soldier patrolling the cliffs. Beowulf's appearance, size and armor command immediate respect and attention. Beowulf is also very courteous, patient, and diplomatic when he meets with Hrothgar, from whom he hopes to receive permission to battle Grendel. His good manner shows that his previous accomplishments have not gone to his head. Beowulf's heroic personality is reflected by his willingness to risk his life for his ideals, especially in his fight with the dragon. Even when he fights the dragon, when old age has robbed him of his physical strength; his courage is truly heroic. Reading the poem, we can see that the main character is a person with a definite purpose.
Beowulf is an interesting story in that it has a meaning that is firmly rooted in fantasy creatures based in mythical origins while providing insight into religious ideals and practices of the time. It also speaks of tradition and the struggle of man against things perceived as evil. In this tradition especially, Beowulf is an incredible allegory regarding the struggle of good and evil in the Christian tradition.
“If the battle takes me, send back this breast-webbing that Weland fashioned and Hrethel gave me, to Lord Hygelac. Fate goes ever as fate must.” Of course we see kings all the time in most novels. Beowulf, the character was supposed to advanced and become one of the strongest men alive. But at the end he fails, we learn that he dies and at last he wasn't really that big. But a doom in a story it's more heart pounding. Especially when a son gets taken away from his father. The call to action. In "Beowulf" the call to action is when the character Beowulf is called in by King Hrothgar. He is brought in to be talked to. Hrothgar's kingdom in the Danes (Denmark) is pounced by the villain/monster of Grendel. Now it is Beowulf's responsibility. The weight on Beowulf's shoulders is to go find Grendel, Grendel's mother and the forever lasting fire breathing dragon. We can relate to the quote above because us readers assume that he will defeat all three and be the best of the best. But Beowulf himself doesn't believe his own lies. He boasts' about him declaring he has the required skills to defeat all three enemies. At
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.
Throughout the story, Beowulf fights three battles against frightening monsters. Beowulf, the prince of the Geats, was a well known warrior with extreme strength who makes a promise to protect his people under any circumstance. In the poem, his strength is tested, but he uses it to save many people in battles against: Grendel, Grendel 's mother, and a dragon. Before, during, and after each of these battles Beowulf shows many similarities and differences in his actions.
...ust be special, be a staple of an important era of culture. Beowulf is a true testament, of art that has stood the test of time, and lots of it. To add to the intriguing piece of literature by itself it’s almost sad to know that the credit for the phenomenal epic poem cannot be given to any one author, especially since the story has had many involvements with western culture from movies to playwrights. Through the thorough examination by both scholars and critics alike, the portrayals of good vs. evil, masculinity, and mortality have caused many areas of further research into the mind of Beowulf in this 6th century Scandinavian culture. Furthermore we learn the true characteristics and actions a man must do to die with honor from those around him. Maybe not so much the brutal massacres and demons and monsters, but the loyalty and the wisdom is a good place to start.
Beowulf is a true epic in its amount of interests and empathies, even though it is centered on the calling of one man killing three monsters. The action and the characters of this seemingly simple story, have the strength to symbolize the experience and ideals of the original audience. The brutes contribute in evil and disorder as no human could, but the evil that originates innocently within the human heart is not overlooked. Transforming both the fairy tale monsters and the appalling power politics of the background is the objective gratitude of human struggle for understanding and order.
The story of Beowulf is one of the greatest poems written in English that was written over millennia ago (Beowulf page 36). An author that is still unknown to this day wrote the work. Regardless of who he or she was, we still have a deep respect and admiration for this person’s passion and dedication in writing the excerpt of Beowulf. The author made the story come to life through examples and detailed description to help us truly gain a mental picture of how we are supposed to portray this story. When discussed by readers, there is a common description of how they all visualized the story. The picture that the author created in the story is possible for all of the readers to understand and visualize with no off the wall ideas or mental pictures of
Beowulf’s life was truly epic struggle. The monsters he battled made it so. Grendel and the dragon, capable of crushing men physically, stood for evils that could just as easily crush men in spirit. These two beasts represented society’s greatest fears, as well as detriments, and Beowulf fearlessly took them on. Grendel taught the hero a valuable lesson about maintaining one’s humanity in a world dominated by the dogs of war. The dragon, showed Beowulf’s mortality, his imperfection, but the hero eradicates it nonetheless, saving his people from not only physical threat, but sin. Bringing in such spiritual and moral dimensions, these two beasts certainly give the story of Beowulf depth.