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. (63)”. Beowulf is an epic poem about the adventures, journey and maturation of a young legendary warrior from adolescence to his adulthood as a noble king. He gained his great reputation from his brave deeds of slaying the monstrous Grendel, his avenging mother, and the fiery dragon while being an honorable and selfless hero and ruler. Beowulf also presents an ideal of loyalty to thane, the comitatus bond. The failure to live up to this ideal bond on the part of some thanes point up the extraordinary...

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When Beowulf found out that the Danes, led by Hrothgar, were being harassed and attacked by the monster Grendel, Beowulf set out on a quest to make sure that Grendel would cause no more harm to Hrothgar and his people. While he was on his quest to defeat Grendel, he would need to use his superhuman strength to kill the monster and save Herot from its tormentor. After his battle with Grendel, he returned back to his homeland with riches and treasure and became the king. His final battle was with...

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Beowulf's Heroic Traits

horrid monsters Grendel and Grendel’s mother. He gains attention and fame for his courageous actions, and he does not get too overly confident about them. With this passage from the poem, Beowulf recklessly dives in the water to fight Grendel’s mother and encounters her strength. Grendel, a descendant of Cain, who committed the first-ever murder in human history, has been killing men remorselessly until Beowulf bravely steps in to fight him and defeats him on the spot. Grendel’s mother, (who is the...

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benefitted from introducing himself as son of Ecgtheow. Soon after Hrothgar benefitted from Beowulf’s respect to his kin by helping Hrothgar defeat the horrible Grendel. The tables have flipped and in lines 1008-1062 readers digest all of the lavish rewards that have come about consequentially due to Beowulf’s actions of defeating Grendel, the horrifying demon that has lurked the halls of Heorot for too long. An immense feast with lavishing decorations and an overabundance of gifts has been presented...

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Beowulf Setting

Unferth became so envious towards him that he taunted Beowulf relentlessly and mocked him one evening in Heorot Hall. Unferth told the whole hall how Beowulf had once lost a swimming competition against Breca, and how he would most likely lose to Grendel. With confidence, Beowulf deflects Unferth’s remarks and begins to tell the epic story of the swim match. Beowulf first describes the harsh conditions he had to face the entire match, telling Unferth about, “the long flow and pitch of the waves, the...

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Lecture Notes Beowulf

of the central character Basic Plot The poem is eponymously named for its hero Bewoulf, a great warrior and later King, who sets out to rescue King Hrothgar and his people from the monster Grendel. During the course of the poem, we see Beowulf slaying first Grendel and then his revenge seeking mother. Beowulf’s final conflict takes place with the Dragon angered by the plundering of the treasure it is guarding. Structure of the Poem There are three prevailing views as to the structure of...

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Beowulf Christianity vs. Paganism

 Beowulf: Christianity Versus Paganism The poem of Beowulf stands as one of the earliest works in English in which it deals with feuding, religion and fate. The poem Beowulf relates to his heroic deeds against Grendel, His mother, and the dragon while combining elements of christian ideas as well as pagan ideas. Around 700 A.D researchers speculated that the poem Beowulf was written by an unknown author in the West Midlands of England. They also included that the unknown author was a...

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Beowulf Literary Analysis

world only knew Grendel, a monster, to be the strongest in the world. Beowulf is in fact so strong that Line 146 states “...such weapons, unless his appearance and his beauty.” The Guard he came across was so admired by his muscles that he was actually stunned by Beowulf’s “beauty”. Line 307, Grendel is instantly seized by Beowulf upon trying to clutch him, an act that had never been accomplished before his arrival. Beowulf is incredibly strong to have seized Grendel, because he (Grendel) has snatched...

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Beowulf: an Epic Hero

and a quasi-divine hero which a tribe, nation or human race is dependent on. Beowulf is a narrative which describes the adventures of the hero Beowulf as he travels from his homeland of Geatland to Hrothgar, in order to kill the monster Grendel and the mother of the beast. Beowulf then returns to Geatland, ascends to the throne some fifty years later, and slays a dragon in his final act. This tale spans over three-thousand lines, and deals with battles that will determine life or death for the...

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is loosely divided into three parts, each of which centers around Beowulf’s fight with a particular monster: first Grendel, then Grendel’s mother, then the dragon. One can argue that this structure relates to the theme of the epic in that each monster presents a specific moral challenge against which the Anglo-Saxon heroic code can be measured and tested. Beowulf’s fight with Grendel evokes the importance of reputation as a means of expanding one’s existence beyond death. Grendel’s great and terrifying...

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