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    Is Beowulf  an Heroic Elegy or an Epic Narrative? There is considerable debate as to whether the poem Beowulf is an epic narrative poem or an heroic elegy. Which is it. This essay intends to present both sides of the story. Some great literary scholars think that the poem is an heroic elegy, celebrating the fantastic achievements of its great hero, and also expressing sorrow or lamentation for the hero’s unfortunate death. In “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics” Tolkien states:

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    Anglo-Saxon epic hero, Beowulf. Representing the best their societies have to offer, traditional heroes possess characteristics of honor, bravery, loyalty, and steadfastness. They personify communal values and offer a reason to believe in the possibility of a meaningful life in an ordered, harmonious society. The epic hero journeys on a quest, experiencing difficulties along the way, and triumphantly returns to society. An example of a traditional hero, Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon epic hero, relies

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    this concept, there are a few stories covered in this class that can be used. Beowulf is an epic poem telling the story of Beowulf, a legendary Geatish hero who later becomes king in the aforementioned epic poem. While the story in and of itself is quite interesting, for the purpose of this paper it is important to look at the character more so then his deeds, or rather why he did what he did. In the story, Beowulf travels to Heorot to help King Hrothgar with a problem involving a monster named

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    The Epic of Beowulf is an Heroic Elegy

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    Beowulf is an Heroic Elegy There is considerable debate as to whether the poem Beowulf is an epic narrative poem or an heroic elegy, a poem celebrating the fantastic achievements of its great hero, and also expressing sorrow or lamentation for the hero’s unfortunate death. This essay intends to show that the poem is an heroic elegy. In “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics” Tolkien states: We must dismiss, of course, from mind the notion that Beowulf is a “narrative poem,” that

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    This week’s lecture is on John Milton and his epic poem, Paradise Lost. This essay will focus on Milton’s life, a few examples of Milton’s tracts, Miltonic themes, epic poems, and Paradise Lost. First, John Milton was born to John Milton Sr. and Sara Milton on December 9th, 1608. Around 1620, Milton begins to study at St. Paul’s School. Milton would go on to attend Cambridge: Christ’s College from 1625 to 1632 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Arts. Milton decides to retire to his family

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    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

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    explanations strictly centered on religion and moving towards logic, making this restorative era also known as the Age of Reason. One such example of applying the advances of the day to reality can be found in Jonathon Swift’s A Modest Proposal. In his essay, Swift used logic and persuasion to present a solution to the increasing conflict between Catholics and Protestants, as well as the poverty and treatment of Catholic beggars: selling infants as a source of food. However macabre or outrageous his solution

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    Loyalty and Treasure-Seeking in Beowulf

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    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

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    Sources for Beowulf Many of the characters and episodes and material artifacts mentioned poetically in Beowulf are likewise presented to us from archaeological sources, from literary sources, and from English and Scandinavian records. “I suggested in an earlier paper that the Beowulf poet’s incentive for composing an epic about sixth-century Scyldings may have had something to do with the fact that, by the 890’s at least, Heremod, Scyld, Healfdene, and the rest, were taken to be the common

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    Anticipation of catastrophe, doom, gloom are present in Beowulf rom beginning to end, even in the better half of the poem, Part I. Perhaps this is part of what makes it an elegy – the repeated injection of sorrow and lamentation into every episode. In his essay, “The Pessimism of Many Germanic Stories,” A. Kent Hieatt says of the poem Beowulf: The ethical life of the poem, then, depends upon the propositions that evil. . . that is part of this life is too much for the preeminent man. . . . 

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