Beowulf The epic poem called Beowulf was a great poem. This story was about the forces of evil and the forces of good which of course the evil force is preventing the good force from achieving its goal. Some people have their different point of view for this poem. Some say this poem is bad and the other half says this was an awesome poem. It could go on and on about this stuff but it won’t get anywhere. Beowulf is a story that should be told to everyone who has read it or not. Beowulf is a guy who would have qualities like he does. This is no ordinary poem it has been around for a long time and translated in many different versions for this poem. Beowulf is a poem that would wow you in May ways when you read it. There are details and a lot of evidence that support this whole poem. This brings us to one work in specific, Beowulf is one of the earliest Old English poem that we have today. Beowulf is a really long poem it has two parts to it. During the story everyone is talking about how Grendel was the toughest and nobody could defeat him in battle. Word spread across the waters to Beowulf the nephew to king of Geats. Now that everyone has heard about this creature and now since they heard the destruction now they need to figure out how to defeat this creature to save everyone from Grendel. Everyone is scared now that they heard this creature and no one wants to go and take it down but just one person does and that is Beowulf. Everyone was excited because they didn’t want to go so he went and now they are cheering him on about him taking down Grendel. Beowulf knew he had to take men with him because he knew he couldn’t do it alone. He made a speech saying he won’t guarantee that you will return home and these guys were willing to do anything for their country. They were willing to take the risk and go with Beowulf. In this story that is retold by Burton Raffel is trying to send a message that Beowulf is a guy a guy that you should look up to as a child because of the heroic qualities he has as a man. Beowulf is a hero. In every story that is about him is where they show that he is a hero no matter what which means nothing happens to the hero. Burton version of the story is the one that I like the most out of every other story translated by other people. In a warrior type of society, physical prowess on the battlefield was praised more than any other characteristic you can possibly have, more than intelligence or piety. This is really Beowulf strong point after all. Early in the story he summoned by the old and wise Danish king Hrothgar. Hrothgar has a problem with a vile creature named Grendel who stalks his people by night, murders them and then eats them. With the aid of only twelve Geatish warriors, Beowulf leaves the land of the Geats to go and face the deadly Grendel. This is a really good story. Beowulf is so great a warrior that he feels it would be unfair for him to fight with Grendel using a weapon, so he challenges him hand to hand. In my mind this is another instance of his over confidence. He does in fact face Grendel and rips his arm clean off his body, but not before one of his men are devoured by the creature. Shortly thereafter, Grendel mother comes to Hrothgar kingdom in search of revenge. After celebrating his first victory, the king asks for his help once again. Being the glory hungry hero that he is he accepts the challenge and goes to the foul swap in search of Grendel vile mother. Beowulf found the mother and thought it was Grendel at first but it was the mom. Once again we see that because Beowulf is such a great hero and beloved of Jesus, he can do the impossible and dive into the swamp and practically swim like a fish. He has no need for air he is a hero. However, he does come across some trouble in the form of Grendel mother. For a female warrior, in regards to what the poet says about women, she is
Comparing Beowulf and Hercules
Many of the world’s myths and legends focus on a hero, a man or a woman who triumphs over
obstacles. The classic hero is not necessarily all-powerful and immortal. Heroes represent the
best of what it means to be human; they demonstrate great strength, courage, wisdom,
cleverness, or devotion. The hero’s quest is often seen as a symbol of the journey of self-
discovery, a quest to overcome inner monsters and finally achieve an understanding of
Beowulf was written in the Anglo-Saxon (8th and 11th century) which would be considered old English to us. Beowulf is a very courageous hero of whom this epic poem is about. It reflects the early medieval warrior culture of Europe. Beowulf is the oldest surviving piece of literature in English history. Beowulf is described as being strong and courageous as stated in (lines 110) he was the strongest of the Geats. Beowulf is written in alliteration…
of Father/Son Relationships in Beowulf & The Song of Roland
Literary Patterns of European Development Paper
The representation of father-son type relationships in early Medieval
literary works is a key theme early authors used to give their works more depth
and meaning. Two works that use the theme of father-son relationships are
Beowulf and The Song of Roland. In Beowulf, the relationship between Hrothgar
and Beowulf is one in which there is no actual…
The epic poem, Beowulf, depicts the heroic traits that Anglo-Saxon culture most values through the character Beowulf by being the epitome of the perfect hero. Beowulf was an outstanding warrior with all the extraordinary values required of a hero. He was able to use his super-human physical strength and courage to help those that were in need. He encountered terrifying monsters and the most ferocious of beasts, but he never feared the threat of death. Beowulf was the ultimate hero of the…
Uni: International Islamic University Chittagong.
Anglo-Saxon Period to the Renaissance
“The Pride Place of Beowulf and Hrothgar”
Name: Koshnoor Jahan
The Pride Place of Beowulf and Hrothgar:
The king of the Danes (Scyldings) is a wise and great man, but he has lost some of his strength with age. In his prime, Hrothgar built the Scyldings into a powerful military and social entity, symbolized by the erection of his great mead-hall, Heorot. More a palace, Heorot is decorated…
be described as a hero’s journey. Many heroic characters follow the monomyth, no matter the time period or culture the literature was created in. The poem Beowulf is known to follow the adventure of the hero described in Campbell’s monomyth . The hero’s journey consists of three rites of passages: separation, initiation, and return. Beowulf endures each of these stages throughout the epic poem, so his journey does follow Campbell’s monomyth.
The separation is the first stage a hero must go through…
‘Beowulf’ – Most Significant Villain
1. Argue why this villain is important
a) Refer to the role of the villain.
b) Do they further the storyline and make Beowulf more heroic
c) Is the villain engaging and complex?
2. Use textual details and language analysis to support your argument.
3. You have 2 minutes to persuade us.
* The role of the villain is a catalyst for Beowulf’s heroic journey.
* It is the starting point for Beowulf’s journey which would not happen…
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Anglo-Saxon Society in Beowulf
J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of the Lord of the Rings novels, was one of the first to realize the cultural importance of Beowulf. Much more than simply a tale of heroes and monsters, Beowulf offers us insights into the Anglo-Saxon culture. The author of Beowulf is unknown and this piece of literature has survived for thousands of years! Three aspects of their culture was religion, funeral traditions, and the armor and weapons they used during…
with some of the oldest English-language verses we still have available today, “Beowulf” (n.d./2005), we see the innate tendency toward violence and fighting within humans. Lines 708-709 of the epic poem state, “One man, however, was in fighting mood, / awake and on edge, spoiling for action.” The man in question is, of course, Beowulf, hero of the tale. In this poem, he represents the best of mankind: brave, strong, stalwart, and noble. Describing this darling of the people as “spoiling for action”…
journey in which he meets various figures that represent biblical truths, faces Apollyon, triumphs over a number of temptations, and finally crosses over the Jordan to glory.
How Grendel got his armed ripped off and died after going head to head with Beowulf and showed good will always prevail.
“The room goes suddenly white, as if struck by lightning. I stare down, amazed. He has torn off my arm at the shoulder! Blood pours down where the limb was. I cry,” pg 172
4. Is the story realistic (real world)…