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Analysis of the Odyssey and Beowulf Excerpts Only

death of Ashhere (ibid., p. 48), Hrothgar’s closest Counsellor (ibid. p.49). These thoughts spurred on Beowulf’s anger as he hurled her to the ground (ibid. p. 56). Beowulf weary from the fight with Grendel the night before and the celebrating at Heorot hall (ibid., p. 43) falls from ruthless hands (ibid., p. 56), to the ground. He had been honoured by Hrothgar (ibid. p.44), for his courageous victory. The mead hall celebrating the victory not realising that Grendel had kin. The court of Hrothgar...

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The Role Of Alcohol And Drinking In Beo

are several parts of the story where drinking is expounded upon. In addition to Beowulf’s and Unferth’s back-and-forth and Wealhtheow’s offering of the guest cup that we have detailed above, we are given to the details and the importance of drink. Heorot is directly referred to as a “wine hall” in line 994. This is important because the author made it a point to call it a wine hall. In lines 494 to 498, we read about “bright mead” poured into “ale flagons.” And in lines 1158 to 1162 and 1981 to 1983...

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Beowulf Themes and Symbols

represent an inhuman or alien presence in society that must be exorcised for the society’s safety. They are all outsiders, existing beyond the boundaries of human realms. Grendel’s and his mother’s encroachment upon human society—they wreak havoc in Heorot—forces Beowulf to kill the two beasts for order to be restored. To many readers, the three monsters that Beowulf slays all seem to have a symbolic or allegorical meaning. For instance, since Grendel is descended from the biblical figure Cain, who...

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Beowulf: In the far north of what is now called Europe, there was a kingdom known as Geatsland, and its ruler was named Hygelac. Beside him was his queen, named Hygd, and called the Wise and Fair. Hrotgar, a Danish king builds a lavish hall, called Heorot and when the hall is finished, the Danish warriors maked a celebration. Grendel is a monster who lives at the bottom of a nearby mere, is provoked by the singing and celebrating of Hrothgar's followers. He appears at the hall and kills thirty of the...

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Christian and Pagan Ideals in Beowulf

Cain, comes to attack Heorot “wearing God’s anger” (13). Just as Cain became forced to wander after his brother’s murder, Grendel becomes almost misanthropic in his isolation away from humanity, becoming “deprived of any joy” (13). The narrator goes on to say that Grendel “was at war with God” (15), illustrating the wrath of both humans and the Creator against the evil in the world. After Grendel becomes mortally wounded by the hands of Beowulf, his mother comes to Heorot seeking revenge. In warrior...

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Beowulf and the Tempest-Revenge

Beowulf, though, did not start out like this. The monster Grendel was a descendant of Cain. He was forced to roam the Earth an outcast due to his ancestor killing his brother Abel for no apparent reason. He heard celebration going on in Heorot and got mad. He hated happiness and noise and celebration because he hated the hand he was dealt in life. So as revenge for his own hated life, he decided to wreck the party and make others miserable like himself. He continued to do so for a while...

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Epic Poetry and Beowulf

The characteristic of enduring fame comes about when Beowulf slays Grendel, The Troll, and the Dragon. After the slaying of the Grendel and The Troll Wife Beowulf is regarded as a hero by many Thanes. When Beowulf kills Grendel, Beowulf encounters Heorot where he awards Beowulf with gold, a banner embroided, a bryony and a helm. When having a feast in the honor of Beowulf, Wealtheow proclaims a speech to Beowulf: "Take, dear Beowulf, collar and corselat. Wear these treasures with right good...

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Phantom of the Opera

Hunferth’s servant and the one who found the Red Dragon Horn. Similarly, the Fire Dragon in the movie is also Beowulf’s son but then again it is different in the book. Grendel as shown in the movie is irritated and annoyed by the noise and merrymaking in Heorot that’s why the reason why Grendel attacked it but it was not stated in the book why Grendel assault the Mead Hall. The people there are also known by the name of their fathers. For example, Beowulf was named son of Edgethow by King Hrothgar. In Beowulf’s...

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demonstrates a crucial part of the Heroic code, which was the idea of bravery in times of distress. He also displayed a similar part of the heroic code during his visit to the Daneland. When he realized that Grendel’s mother had come back to destroy Heorot, Beowulf took it upon himself to step up once again to face the great monster. Before going into battle, he turned to Hrothgar, and stated, “Wise sir do not grieve. It is always better/ to avenge dear ones than indulge in mourning.” (Beowulf 1384-5)...

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Beowulf proves to his audience that he is capable of not only defending himself but also others. Beowulf Defeats Grendel who is coercive toward the people of Hrothgars kingdom. No man was willing to step up and fight Grendel after the 12 year attacks on Heorot in the land of the Danes. Everyone was traumatized after Grendels attacks, and in sorrow and mourning. Beowulf however decides to defend the people and fight Grendel. Beowulf tears Grendel's arm from his body at the shoulder and Grendel runs to his...

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