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  • Wiglaf - 318 words
    Wiglaf Annonymous Poetry is something that used to give me nightmares. In high school, if I knew that a poetry assignment was going to be given, I would stay home sick. I've since learned that while work is involved, discovering the authors intended meaning is fun and actually gets easier the more I practice it. When given the task to interpret 'Spring and Fall' by Gerard Manly Hopkins, I at first was worried about the length of the poem; however, after I began to read the poem, I was able to get a picture of what was being said. In this essay, I will analyze why Margaret is grieving. The poem leads into a young girl who is saddened by the winter's approach and the symbolic death of the fore ...
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  • Beowulf - 575 words
    Beowulf Timeless Heroes Beowulf was written in the eighth century by an unknown author. The story is centered on Beowulf, the main character, who is able to use his super-human physical strength and courage to put his people before himself. He encounters hideous monsters but never fears the threat of death. Beowulf is the ultimate hero who risks his life countless times for immortal glory and for the good of others. Another fictional hero who possessed these qualities is He-Man, a nineteen eighties cartoon super hero. Their backgrounds, their trusted friends, and their super human strength make them epic heroes of their time. The quality that makes them heroes is the deep respect and respons ...
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  • Beowulf - 616 words
    Beowulf BEOWULF Did Beowulf truly obtain the qualities of an epic hero? In the epic poem Beowulf, Beowulf's character traits prove to be the depiction of an epic hero. Beowulf's traits of boastfulness, bravery and amazing strength are the proof of his heroism. Beowulf's boastfulness may not be the most convincing heroic trait, but it certainly was important to the people of his time. Beowulf boasted to Unferth to clarify Unferth's misunderstanding of a swimming event between Beowulf and Breca, in which they swam out to sea and remained there for five nights. Beowulf informed Breca of how they were seperated after five nights in a storm. He boasted of the nine sea monsters he slayed while he ...
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  • Beowulf - 1,253 words
    Beowulf The Anglo-Saxon Hero as defined by the Battles of Beowulf Within the tale of "Beowulf" four character traits can be found which define the Anglo Saxon Hero. The first is loyalty, as demonstrated by the relationship between Lord and thane. According to page 23 of the "Beowulf" introduction, "a relationship based less on subordination of one mans will to another than on mutual trust and respect." The second and third characteristics are strength and courage. The importance of these specific traits to the Anglo-Saxon people is clearly presented during the reciting of Sigemunds tale within Heorot. As the song states, "He was adventurer most famous, far and wide through the nations, for d ...
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  • Beowulf - 1,041 words
    Beowulf Beowulf begins with a history of the Danish kings, starting with Shild and leading up to the reign of king Hrothgar, Shilds great-grandson. Hrothgar is well loved by his people and is successful in war. He builds a lavish hall ,called Herot, to house his vast army, and when the hall is finished the Danish soldiers gather under its roof to celebrate. Grendel, a monster in human shape who lives at the bottom of a nearby swamp, is provoked by the singing and horsing around of Hrothgars followers. He appears at the hall late one night and kills thirty of the warriors in their sleep. For the next twelve years the fear of Grendels potential fury casts a shadow over the lives of the Danes. ...
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  • Beowulf A Noble King - 562 words
    Beowulf A Noble King The epic poem Beowulf describes the noblest king of the Anglo-Saxon times, Beowulf. Beowulf is a man who demonstrates all the good qualities of a king, this can be seen by just looking at what he has accomplished. Beowulf is a man who was loyal, powerful, and charitable. Beowulf was loyal to his promises and his country. When he decides to kill Grendel for King Hrothgar he doesnt back down even after the stories hes heard. After he has killed him the Danes still need him, so he kills Grendel's mother. He was very dedicated to what he did and he never gave up. "We crossed the sea to come here; it is time to return, to go back to our beloved lord, Higlac." (1818-1820). Af ...
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  • Beowulf And Epic Questions - 616 words
    Beowulf And Epic Questions Did Beowulf truly obtain the qualities of an epic hero? In the epic poem Beowulf, Beowulf's character traits prove to be the depiction of an epic hero. Beowulf's traits of boastfulness, bravery and amazing strength are the proof of his heroism. Beowulf's boastfulness may not be the most convincing heroic trait, but it certainly was important to the people of his time. Beowulf boasted to Unferth to clarify Unferth's misunderstanding of a swimming event between Beowulf and Breca, in which they swam out to sea and remained there for five nights. Beowulf informed Breca of how they were seperated after five nights in a storm. He boasted of the nine sea monsters he slaye ...
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  • Beowulf And Monster - 694 words
    Beowulf And Monster Beowulf is the epic story of a young hero who battles the monster Grendel and his mother. Beowulf, a prince of the Geats, the son of Ecgtheow who voyages to Heorot, the hall of Hrothgar, king of the Geats and the great grandson of the hero . There at Heorot, Beowulf destroys the monster Grendal, who for twelve years has haunted the hall by night and slain all he found therein. When Grendals mother, in revenge, makes an attack on the hall, Beowulf seeks her out and kills her in her home beneath the waters. There are many different events in this story. First, there is the pagan warrior system. In this system, the relationship between the lord and his men, known as the than ...
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  • Beowulf And Todays Heroes - 816 words
    Beowulf And Today`s Heroes Heroes today have changed from those of Beowulf's day. Back in the time of Beowulf heroes were mainly the protectors of the country such as warriors and kings. The roles have changed today were heroes consist of celebrities and sport players. The roles have changed because our society has changed as well. In the time of Beowulf the kings were of the utmost of importance. Without a king the country was sure to fall into ruins. The king's duty was to protect the country. He did this by keeping up with the wars of the surrounding country and finding warriors to protect the country. The king was highly respected and he had a very important job. Without the king there w ...
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  • Beowulf As A Christlike Figure - 1,198 words
    Beowulf As A Christ-Like Figure BEOWULF AS A CHRIST-LIKE FIGURE The epic poem, Beowulf, recounts the tale of a man named Beowulf who sacrifices his own safety to save the Danes from two evil dragons. Then, years later, Beowulf risks his life yet again to save his own people from a dragon. Throughout the story, Beowulf is presented as a Christ-like figure. This is manifested in the events that take place, the way that Beowulf speaks about himself, and the way the people treat him. The first way Beowulf's likeness to Christ is revealed, is through the events that take place. After Beowulf tells Hrothgar that he will fight Grendel, there is a celebration. During the celebration, Welthow, the qu ...
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  • Beowulf As A Hero - 659 words
    Beowulf As A Hero Beowulf is "the strongest of the Geats -- greater / and stronger than anyone anywhere in this world" (ll.110-111). Even though he is famous for his massive strength, Beowulf has other attributes that are noticeable other than his strength. These attributes, arrogance, bravery, and a strong love for his people are what make Beowulf become such a powerful, epic hero. Beowulf is arrogant. He constantly brags about his supreme strength. The "strongest man alive" lets people know that he is the most powerful person around by saying, "no strength is a match for mine" (l.267). Beowulf does not think that he could ever be destroyed by anything. He obviously never questiones how his ...
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  • Beowulf As An Epic Hero - 981 words
    Beowulf As An Epic Hero Every epic hero possesses certain heroic characteristics. Beowulf, like other epic heroes, possesses the following heroic qualities: epic heroes are superhuman types of beings. They have a noble birth and show great bravery. They display great intelligence and resourcefulness. They have a reverence for G-d and for the values of their society. They are dominant male figures and suffer severe pain, but in the end, they conquer evil (Vivone 9/27/99). In addition to Beowulf's heroic qualities, he is very strong. Beowulf was said to have "the strength of thirty [men] in his mighty handgrip" (Bloom 11). Early proof of Beowulf's extraordinary strength is evidenced by his dis ...
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  • Beowulf Christianity Vs Paganism - 1,154 words
    Beowulf - Christianity Vs. Paganism Beowulf-Christianity or Paganism Beowulf was written in England sometime in the 8th century. This provides us with an idea that the poem that was written during a time when the society was in the process of converted from paganism to Christianity. The Christian influences were combined with early folklore and heroic legends of German tribes and we try to look at whether or not Christian and biblical influences were added later to originally pagan poem or not. The fact that Christianity and Paganism are so closely intertwined in the poem is the reason Beowulf has both Christian and pagan influences. The pagan elements in the epic poem Beowulf are evident in ...
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  • Beowulf Epic Story - 466 words
    Beowulf Epic Story In the epic story of Beowulf, the hero is Beowulf. He shows physical strength in the story by defeating Grendel. In line 219 of Grendels mother, it tells how Beowulf killed her. "...cut it through, broke bones and all." His strength is also told in line 213 of how he "lifted the sword that was so massive that no ordinary man could lift." Beowulfs determination, or his will to win, was throughout the story, even up until his death. A quote that describes this is, "...he cut the beast in half, slit it apart. It fell..."(line 185). He shows courage along with his cousin, Wiglaf, when they defeat the fire dragon. In line 189 it says, "...their courage had killed it, two noble ...
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  • Beowulf In Detail - 1,545 words
    ... and of the bottomless pool where legends say the two monsters lived for many years. Hrothgar again calls upon Beowulf to save the Danes and promises riches for avenging the attack. The warriors travel to the pool and find the head of the kidnapped Dane and discover sea serpents swimming in the pool. After killing one of the serpents, Unferth offers Beowulf his sword called Hrunting and apologizes for questioning Beowulf's courage 22, 23 After explaining to whom his treasure should be sent if he perishes in the pool, Beowulf descends for several hours displaying no apparent ill effects from lack of oxygen and upon reaching the bottom is confronted by the monster. She grasps him and forces ...
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  • Beowulf Is Heroic - 523 words
    Beowulf Is Heroic Beowulf Embodies Heroic Ideals critical (question1, p6 In Beowulf the classic epic, Beowulf, the hero of the epic, and other major characters reflect heroic ideals and beliefs of courage, generosity, unquestioning loyalty and devotion. Courage is most evident throughout Beowulf Beowulf does not back down from any challenge that stands in his way whether it be Grendel, Grendel's mother, or the dragon. His bravery is most evident in his preparation for his fight with Grendel, Beowulf, "took off his shirt of armour, the helmet from his head, handed his embellished sword, best of irons to an attendant, ... " He chose to bravely fight his foe, man to beast without weaponery for ...
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  • Beowulf: Not Just A Kids Story - 1,651 words
    Beowulf: Not Just A KidS Story When you compare Beowulf to any modern novel or movie, Beowulf seems childlike at best. Beowulf is told in a straightforward, uncomplicated manner very unlike many of todays works, which contain complex plots and themes. What makes Beowulf readable to an adult and not just children? Why do people find stories such as Beowulf so intriguing? Why is Beowulf, or any myth, significant? Beowulf, the story of the young Beowulf sent by fate to save a kingdom plagued with a nightmarish monster, a rather basic plot synopsis especially for a story that has been around for more than one thousand years. However Beowulf contains far more long-standing impact than a slew of t ...
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  • Beowulfchristianity Or Paganism - 1,518 words
    Beowulf-Christianity or Paganism Beowulf was written in England sometime in the 18th century. "This provides us with an idea of a poem that was written during a time when the society had converted from paganism to Christianity"(Cohen 138). "We know that paganism did exist alongside Christianity during the approximate era that Beowulf was composed"(Hall 61). "The Christian influences were combined with early folklore and heroic legends of dramatic tribes, early Beowulf scholars began to investigate whether or not Christian and biblical influences were added later to originally pagan influences"(Hall 61). "The Christian elements are almost without exception so deeply ingrained in the fabric of ...
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  • Beowulfs Universal Appeal - 1,309 words
    Beowulf's Universal Appeal There are archetypal patterns in life. They reoccur and become familiar to people through all ages and ethnicities. Throughout history, few literary works have captivated audiences by incorporating these patterns. The epic Beowulf is one literary work that effectively incorporates timeless components. The epic poem relates the tale of Beowulf, a warrior who throughout his life overcomes evils. It has strong elements of Anglo-Saxon elements of bravery, strength and of religious tenets. Beowulf enjoys universal appeal primarily because of its elements of characterization, plot and theme that prove timeless. Beowulfs portrayal of human nature proves eternal. The prota ...
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  • Theme Of Beowulf - 744 words
    Theme of Beowulf Ever since Cain killed his brother Abel, death and murder have been a part of human society. The man always killed the other man, physically or mentally, to gain something for himself, something that may be a tangible things such as food or money, or intangible things such as power or pride. Throughout the British epic poem Beowulf, there are many killings and deaths. Grendel(a gigantic, bear-like ogre) kills Danish thanes, Beowulf - Hygelac's(King of the Geats) nephew - kills Grendel and his mother. Also Beowulf kills a dragon and gets killed by the dragon. The most important theme of the great epic poem Beowulf is 'death.' By the death of the enemy, characters in the poem ...
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