Symbolism in Beowulf
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... of better prospects to come. The prophesy of this symbol was shown true when Beowulf killed the monster Grendel and he was also materially rewarded. In Beowulf, feasts and celebrations were celebrated with much fanfare because they were symbols. After each battle, the victory feast was actually a symbol to show the happiness after the restoration of law, order, peace and prosperity. As the diners were refueled by food, so was the community thus rejuvenated. The feast was an important symbol to emphasize the value of close communal ties. For certainly, this fell in line with Beowulf's philosophy to teach readers good moral values. Thus, the banquet was only... ...
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...or an evil spirit. Beowulf, the character may have been the basis of the English Knight (which was later adopted by the western world of different orders such as Order of the Knight of the Temple or Knights Templar, Knights of Malta, Hospitalliers etch). Thus it can be inferred further that Beowulf helped spread Christianity in the western world because it has successfully converted the Vikings into Christians making the once barbarous warrior a nobleman by instilling the values of Beowulf into him. II. Overview of the plot King Hrotgar of Denmark built a great mead-hall called Heorot where his people gathered to drink and feast...
Beowulf, Themes and Symbols
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.... As a hero Beowulf has to encounter another devilish creature who is the mother of Grendel. The interference of evil forces is a constant process in human life. As a hero, not only in action but also in thoughts, he never hesitates to do such dangerous events. The transition that takes place in the life of Beowulf is to be taken in. When he returns his own country, he elucidates his heroic deeds to the king. Beowulf then hands over most of his treasure to Hygelac, who, in turn, rewards him. Later he was adorned as the king of place. The warrior and the king have great difference. Thus Beowulf matures from a valiant fighter. He...
Research the discussions of whether or not Beowulf is a Christian or pagan poem and explain how modern audiences should understand it
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...that Beowulf is the last stand of pagan faith in the North – a cautionary tale about the repercussions of adopting Christian values over the ones that had served the Northern leaders well in pre-Christian times. In fact, Beowulf might be read as a battle, not just between the hero and the three monsters of the tale, but between the traditional Norse values and the new Christian ethos. Like Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus or I Samuel in the Old Testament, Beowulf feels anachronistic – much of its content could easily be lifted and reset as the plot for a modern action film. The critical events of...
Beowulf and the Epic of Gilgamesh
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...Beowulf and the Epic of Gilgamesh As epics of the oral tradition, neither Beowulf nor the Epic of Gilgamesh appear in writing until many years after the stories originated. Through the many retellings of the tale, both probably changed significantly over time; however, the essences of the society and the culture of each have survived. In many ways, both Beowulf and the Epic of Gilgamesh are not only epics and myths from their time period, but both also serve as historiographies of the society and culture of their time. The journeys undertaken by Gilgamesh and Beowulf are not only personal journeys of self-discovery, but journeys...
Close Reading: The Key Episode of Beowulf
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...the borders of spirituality when he asserts that all secular things are transient. The values and beliefs for which one lives are important. Beowulf’s barrow is a monument that proclaims his values and beliefs and will stand as the moral barometer to the Geats for all time to come. Phrases like “a hot battle-fume”, “serpent looped”, “swaddled in flames”, “spouted deadly flames”, “battle-fire billowed and spewed”, create a mind-boggling imagery that impacts inner world of the reader. Needles to add, that the genre of Beowulf is epic and heroism and commitment to the cause are the important themes of the poem. ...
Virtue and Community in Beowulf
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..., the community was not willing to fight, the monster because of they believed that the monster had supernatural powers. Moreover, When Beowulf went out to fight the dragon his community was not willing to give him support because of their fear they had. These two instances, helps the reader to realize the values of the communities described in poem (Tolkien, 1936). For instance, the love as a characteristic of humanity is evident through the sacrifice that King Beowulf did to King Hroogar when the monster attacked the kingdom. The role of language in Beowulf In the traditional sense, poetry contains no meter. As the writer...
Beowulfs Story: Pride Before the Downfall
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...? Ashley K Campbell Dr.Balla British Literature II EH 205-04   Beowulf’s Story: Pride before the downfall Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon epic poem, is believed to date from the late 10th century. Beowulf is generally considered to be the work of an anonymous 8th-century poet who fused Scandinavian history and pagan mythology with Christian elements. The fusion between paganism and Christianity has long been a subject of debate since this literary masterpiece was written. During the early part of the nineteenth century, most critics viewed Beowulf as anti-Christian since it Christianized Germanic Folklore (Cain, 2). The hero himself,...
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...Ashley K Campbell Dr.Balla British Literature II EH 205-04   Beowulf’s Story: Pride before the downfall Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon epic poem, is believed to date from the late 10th century. Beowulf is generally considered to be the work of an anonymous 8th-century poet who fused Scandinavian history and pagan mythology with Christian elements. The fusion between paganism and Christianity has long been a subject of debate since this literary masterpiece was written. During the early part of the nineteenth century, most critics viewed Beowulf as anti-Christian since it Christianized Germanic Folklore (Cain, 2). The hero...
Beowulf
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...structural differences with the 21st century idea of a hero. This is because while heroism in Germanic heroism was regarded as a way of life, the contemporary conceptualization of a hero is best understood as more of a status than a way of life (Traylor 1). I will however dispute Dean’s argument that despite starting as a hero of medieval time Beowulf has managed to redefine himself in such a way that he can pass as a later day hero. According to Dean, a hero in literature basically mirrors the societal values (Traylor 1). This according to Dean can be seen in the fact that when “Beowulf” was first narrated, its purpose was to demonstrate what a...
Beowulf
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...of Beowulf, has some structural differences with the 21st century idea of a hero. This is because while heroism in Germanic heroism was regarded as a way of life, the contemporary conceptualization of a hero is best understood as more of a status than a way of life (Traylor 1). I will however dispute Dean’s argument that despite starting as a hero of medieval time Beowulf has managed to redefine himself in such a way that he can pass as a later day hero. According to Dean, a hero in literature basically mirrors the societal values (Traylor 1). This according to Dean can be seen in the fact that when “Beowulf” was first narrated,...
Character Analysis of Beowulf
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...of the warrior clan or society of Germany where the relationship between the Lord and the region and its servant was of the poignant importance, “Although Hrothgar and Beowulf are portrayed as morally upright and enlightened Pagans, they fully espouse and frequently affirm the values of Germanic heroic poetry. In the poetry depicting warrior society, the most important of human relationships was that which existed between the warrior — the thane – and his lord, a relationship based less on subordination of one mans will to anothers than on mutual trust and respect. When a warrior vowed loyalty to his lord, he became not so much his servant as his voluntary...
Explore the relationship between the material and the spiritual in Beowulf and The Millers Tale
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...that you are king here and won’t oppose you or your signs”. The use of physical possessions as a sign of power is used to contrast with the overall theme in Beowulf where honour and victory take precedence over material possessions. Additionally, Frantzen argues that the old English texts provide a direct correlative link to the ideas and values of authentic Anglo-Saxon culture and further asserts that: “How the past is received, how aesthetic response shapes the reception of the past, is a process of filtering, of admitting into discussion some aspects of the past and prohibiting others… This figure functions as a gatekeeper, first as the author, and later as...
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...Beowulf. A celebration of heroic ideals Beowulf's poem celebrates the heroic ideals and values that it portrays, as it tells the story of a warrior who carried out heroic deeds throughout his life. This poem covers the heroic youth of Beowulf to his last days, where he faces his last battle as bravely as he did in his youth. Let us first define what is a hero in order to discuss Beowulf's character. "A hero or heroine is an eminent character archetype that quintessentially embodies key traits valued by its originating culture. The hero commonly possesses superhuman capabilities or idealized...
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.... Beowulf's old age, displaying the fullest heroic energies to the very end, is made to seem all the more right, all the more a part of the universal journey, by a complex set of contrasts with the merely pathetic old age of Hrothgar. In sum, the character of Beowulf possesses unique personal qualities and features which make him a real hero. Beowulf kills Grendel for reasons other than the money, but surely the original audience would have thought the achievement incomplete without the enormous rewards Hrothgar heaps on the young man afterward. At the poem's end, death becomes 'a reward' for his greatest and most difficult victory....
Beowulf
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...Beowulf   Many critics suggest that Beowulf is an ideal Germanic hero. The Beowulf text tells of the heroic endeavors and exploits of this Scandinavian Geatish young man who is adored by many (Heaney 3). His epic fights against the fire breathing monster Grendel earn him the reputation of being the most fearless and courageous young men of his time. The text paints Beowulf as the ideal hero, and his actions reflect the best values expected of a character of his stature and fame. Strength, courtesy, courage, pride and loyalty are values exuded by Beowulf as he goes about his duties...
History: Beowulf
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...The Importance of Kinship Ties in Beowulf When most people think of the ancient world, they conceive of a world of barbarians following horrific pagan belief systems and fighting against impossible supernatural forces. However, this conception may be more the legacy of later Christian judgment on a largely illiterate society rather than the truth. Fortunately, there are still a few ancient texts in existence, such as the epic poem Beowulf, which manage to capture a sense of the values that were important to this earlier period. Beowulf was first written as a text sometime around 1000 AD, but the poem was preserved through oral...
Literature and Mythology
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...and the dragon. We mostly view theses all encounters as expressions of heroic code. There is a different division between Beowulf’s youthful heroism and at mature stage, he becomes a free warrior, and a dependent king at mature stage. The two phases of story brings transition from one stage to another and shows how Beowulf makes the transition from one to the other. In the youth stage, Beowulf is a big warrior characterized mostly by his courage and strength including magic swimming match against Breca. He is also loyalty, courtesy, and pride as the manners and values shown by Germanic heroic code. When he defeated Grendel and...
The masculinity in Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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...for the idea of female independence or authority. When the poem says about Wealhtheow who is a queen, “Adorned in her gold, she graciously saluted / the men in hall,” (614-15), it is suggested that a woman’s only purpose of life is to serve men because the right to rule is the prerogative of men. Throughout the poem, many words and phrases are used to imply thoughts of male dominance and female obedience. There are perfect examples of masculine heroes in every culture. Beowulf is the perfect example of an Anglo-Saxon hero, while Sir Gawain is seen by many as a prominent Late Middle Ages hero. Beowulf’s actions and the way he interacted with other men mirror the...
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.... This shows how the Germanic hero goes through a spell of mighty deeds, and then if all goes well, retires to become a lord of lands. Beowulf is a Christian hero as well as a Germanic one, but there is some tension between these two ideals. Grendel and his mother are depicted as evil and monstrous, and so it is fitting that a Christian hero should wade into the swamp and clear them out. At times, however, the ancient German love of swords and feasting are also shown, which suggests that the Germanic peoples have not been part of the Christian church for very long. I am not very sure just how much Beowulf really does represent Christian values, ...
Beowulf
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..., the duty of revenge, and the dependency on the comitatus which refers to a sovereignty that rules through the king and a set of warriors who act with him, are more often now attributed to secular cultural values (Benson 35). Benson argues that there are a number of pagan elements that cannot be so easily dismissed. The observance of cremation and the funeral ship is one pagan element that is hard to ignore. As well, the recognition of omens supports a pagan perspective on spiritual means of information. Benson writes that “The difficulty in Beowulf is that the pagan elements seem to confound the aesthetic effect, to destroy the consistency of tone. Instead of...
English Literature
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...people, and continued to maintain peace and harmony within and without, restraining to do battle with neighboring kingdoms. His renown was known far and wide, and nobody dared to challenge him and his people for many years. The movie, by itself, is titillating because of its bloody scenes and animation. However, on the overall, if compared to the original text, it is a transgression of the overarching theme of the poem, which is goodness and submission to God’s will. The movie has achieved its purpose of stunning and entertaining its audience, however, it is a far cry from the values being espoused in the ancient poem. Works Cited: Beem, Scott. “Movie Review:...
The Hobbit- Beowulf heroic concept comparison
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..., in particular accolade and vengeance. In Beowulf they seem ambivalent, exhibiting the audience that the identical attributes may be acquired by both the heroes and their opponents, but Beowulf does not move further to offer a whole new interpretation of heroism. This is achieved in The Hobbit, as the conventional heroic values are available in those nearly suited to becoming called heroes. Figures similar to Thorin, the further dwarves, and the Elven King simply cannot be known as opponents; however, for all their vengeance and endeavors at respect, they do not attain the position of a hero. It is Bilbo, making use of things not typically an...
Anglo- Saxon culture
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...? Anglo- Saxon Culture Thesis ment The value system and culture of Anglo Saxon as reflected in Beowulf. Introduction The phrase “Anglo Saxon” refers to the settlers from the German region of Saxony and Angels who entered in Britain after the collapse of the Roman Empire. The Romans invaded occupied Britain in order to satisfy the needs of a Roman Emperor who was dehydrated of conquering. The Romans built roads, cities, baths, villas and developed agriculture during these five centuries. However, the world of Beowulf is unrecognizable due to different set of societal and cultural values that are present in this ancient world. It is...
Pagan/Christian Beliefs: How the Religious Ideals of Ango-Saxons Used in the Epic Where Readers See the Blending of Pagan/Chris
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...?Pagan/Christian Beliefs: How are the religious ideals of the Anglo-Saxons used in the epic? Where can readers see the blending of Pagan and Christian ideas? Which belief system is more dominant in the epic? The religious ideals of the Anglo-Saxons in the poem Beowulf are most clearly seen in the playing out of an epic struggle between the hero and the forces of evil. Strength and honor are important values, bringing fame to the kinsmen of the hero. Beowulf fits the specification of a pagan hero through his great deeds: “Fame winning deeds/have come early to my hands” (Alexander, lines 408-409). The pagan dimension is most evident in all the...
Beowulf College Book Report/Review
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...by the sword (43). In general, this passage shows that even great leaders and warriors can fail and be killed. More specifically, values are the standards by which things may be judged and serve to shape people's beliefs and consequently their attitudes. This is probably the most illusive area of honor as values and attitudes only become apparent through inter-personal communication and interaction. The great emotional impact is achieved by the structure of the passage written as a tale. In sum, the passage is an important part of the narration as it reveals and unveils internal conflicts and the role of courage and vengeance in the epics. This passage reveals...
Pagan/christian beliefs:how the religious ideals of ango-saxons used in the epicwhere readers see the blending of pagan/christian beliefswhich belief system is more dominant
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...Pagan/Christian Beliefs: How are the religious ideals of the Anglo-Saxons used in the epic? Where can readers see the blending of Pagan and Christianideas? Which belief system is more dominant in the epic? The religious ideals of the Anglo-Saxons in the poem Beowulf are most clearly seen in the playing out of an epic struggle between the hero and the forces of evil. Strength and honor are important values, bringing fame to the kinsmen of the hero. Beowulf fits the specification of a pagan hero through his great deeds: “Fame winning deeds/have come early to my hands” (Alexander, lines 408-409). The pagan dimension is most evident in all the...
History: Beowulf
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...HISTORY-BEOWULF It has aptly been viewed that the study of history is actually the analysis of the life and achievements of great personalities. Itis the heroic deeds and laudable accomplishments of such wonderful personalities that not only people from all corners of the globe admire their valor and appreciate their attainments, but also try their best to link such magnificent gallant deeds with their own culture, society and sets of belief in order to display the accomplishments of extraordinary persons belonging to their own civilization. It is therefore history is thought to be either prejudiced or concealed because the historians scare lest the true depiction of incidents may...
Survey of English Literature
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...of the life of his king and a great man, but more importantly, because Geats will lose their champion who was supposed to protect them from any invader. The promise of gold which the dragon kept for his greed became the end of Beowulf. Thereafter, the value of all these treasures came to nothing as they had been viewed as cursed, and, though Beowulf himself had not really been prompted because of fortune, his greed for glory and victory was much harder to resist. Beowulf’s funeral was a suitable commemoration of a hero. There, the people of Geats grieved in his passing as they instituted the rites for their king. They mourned his...
Heroes and Culture
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... this noble deed since Values Beowulf belonged to the inherited Germanic heroic traditions. The ethical values he transpired are manifest by the Germanic code of loyalty to the chief and tribe and vengeance to enemies. The critics see Beowulf as the champion of goodness and light against the forces of evil darkness. His sacrificial death is not seen as tragic but as a fitting end of a great hero's life. Role he played in inspiring others to imitate him Beowulf has inspired heroes in laymen to sacrifice for their people and to gain earthly joy. He has inspired goodness in many and also the common man to wake up from their deep slumber and take a stand. He has inspired heroes in a nation... . But the...
Society is the cause of Evil
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...experiences implant knowledge (Lara 2001). But experiences with the larger society heavily mark this ‘tabula rasa’, thus, deeply influencing one’s behavior. Beowulf, even though portrayed as self-centered, is born a nobleman. He tried to live with this image because his original imprint was composed of experiences of being part of a noble ancestry. In spite of his bravery and birthright, he has never been acknowledged as a champion in his society. Because of his society’s disregard for his value as a warrior Beowulf was forced to prove to everybody that he was worthy of their attention and respect, even at the expense of others. Overflowing...
Using Beowulf in the Secondary Education Classroom
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...to recite the poem to the rest of the class can really help in the process of teaching high school students about Beowulf. As a result of the chance to present, the students will be able to have confidence in their linguistic and literature skill. They will also have a chance to actively involve themselves in the linguistic, historical content of the poem. They will thus be able to have more appreciation of the history of English. The students will also be able to challenge each other towards having a better understanding of the literal, linguistic, and historical values of the poem. Such challenges are likely to give rise to a better understanding and appreciation...
Comparing Harry Potter to Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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...and characters of the same genre such as the Arthurian Sir Gawain and its Green Knight as well as the legendary Beowulf. They are basically morality plays, whose stories typically depicts good will always triumph over evil that heralds bravery, chivalry and other ideal traits that mankind should possess. There may be no knights in the Harry Potter series but its setting, theme and the values it uphold speaks of chivalry. As a story, Harry Potter shares similarity to Beowulf and I have a feeling that Beowulf may have been the framework of Harry Potter’s character in your novel. I arrived at this observation because of these...
Beowulf a true hero
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...placed friendship above all else (Lines 911-914) and decides to avenge the death of a dear friend, rather than just sit and mourn. Beowulf is a symbol of courage and daring because of the way he gets on to the battlefield with no fear of what might become of him, should he fail. (Lines 1441 – 1442). In spite of all these accolades showered upon him, Beowulf is well aware of the brevity of life (Lines 1728-1735) and places his trust in the direction and guidance of the Almighty. This is what makes him a true hero. Brave, yet humble, he is a slave of God and remains so till the day he dies. He knows that it is this steadfastness that sustains him (Lines 2527-2529)....
Virtue
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...? Virtue Virtue is a very complex concept embraced in different cultures around the world even though they all have different interpretations of the notion. Generally related to an expression of moral standards and the common good, virtue has also been linked to other systems in various historical, philosophical and literary perspectives. Homer’s Iliad addresses the issue of virtue in its different facets throughout the whole poem. Even though Homer mainly depicts the Trojan War that opposes Achaeans and Trojans, some cultural and moral values are also displayed that reflect the social and cultural backgrounds of the people involved. However, the systems of virtue I most identify...
Classical and Greek Hero
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...the adventures of the epic hero. Beowulf is the epic hero in this poem. An epic hero is a larger-than-life character that embodies the values and the traditions of his culture. Beowulf has all the qualities and traits that an epic hero possesses. Beowulf exhibits the traits of a larger-than-life character. He kills Grendel without the use of weapons. He uses his superhuman strength to break Grendel's bones and win the battle. Beowulf also kills Grendel's mother, who is more dangerous than Grendel. He shows his superior strength when he lifts the sword and strikes Grendel's mother in the neck. In the text, the sword...
GRENDEL BY JOHN GARDNER
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...The Reality of Grendel In its dire need for a new kind of hero, the modern absurdist literature has inverted the conventionally accepted one into Grendel, the monster-hero who retells the traditional story of Beowulf from his perspective, thus rejecting all traditional values and setting up alternatives in an ironic set of monster values. In his own version of events, he conveys the idea of how the version of history the epics set forth is essentially a lie and that not everything is what it may appear at first glance. In the original Beowulf epic, Grendel displays nothing but the most primitive human qualities. In Grendel, however,...
Beowulf
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...He ruled it well  for fifty wingers, grew old and wise  until one began  to dominate the dark, a dragon on the prowl  from the steep vaults of a stone-roofed barrow  where he guarded a hoard; there was a hidden passage,  unknown to men, but someone managed  to enter by it and interfere  with the heathen trove. The above excerpt ushered in the 3rd battle waged by Beowulf in the eventful saga that spanned his life wherein he defeated three monsters – Grendel, Grendel’s mother and the dragon. It depicted how the struggle between the hero and the final monster began. As a literary device, it played the platform wherein the shift to a new chapter was achieved seamlessly. One can also get...
Development of Western Europe Literature from Medieval Age to the Renaissance
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...a concept that comes close to the Christian belief of life after death. The value system and code of behavior of the society in Beowulf is clearly articulated. Warriors exhibit courage and strength; kings possess valiant leadership skills and hospitality, and exemplary reputation is sought by all. Such is what is seen, in King Hrothgar’s endeavor, to protect his society and the devoted spirit of Beowulf as a warrior. The medieval religious influence is seen in the monsters that Beowulf must fight so as to emerge victorious. Grendel would represent Cain of the bible who killed his brother and the dragon could represent the biblical...
Analysis of Sense and Sensibility that incorporates to some degree the elements of our course: history, culture, and backgrounds of English literature. Think of this as a cause/effect: how do the previous authors and texts contribute to the *creation* of
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...the most gallant man of the Anglo-Saxon moments. The brave man, Beowulf, was an exceptional warrior with all the astonishing values needed by a legend. He was capable to employ his phenomenal physical power and promote his people before himself. The hero experienced terrifying monsters and the mainly fierce of beasts, but did not fear the risk of death. His management skills were exceptional and he was capable of boasting about all his accomplishment. From Beowulf and Sir Gawain, Jane Austen borrowed the concept of hero and heroism; external actions and internal consciousness; changing roles of men and women. What demonstrated through this...
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...up for what he believes is right. A warrior must also be righteous in that his ethical values are clear and true with their moral compass always pointing north. Lastly, resourcefulness and humbleness are key to the creation of a warrior. Not only is a warrior a hero, but he/she is also a leader and must show resourcefulness when solving complex problems as well as show humility when they conquer a task for the people. The role of a warrior in society depends on the societal norms placed on the individual. This also shapes how the person deals with the demands from this society. In Beowulf, Beowulf is tasked with the challenge of slaying Grendel, an...
Grendel
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...love, was invented by mankind to suffice the need for clarity. One of the most celebrated Anglo-Saxon epics is an account of the perilous adventures and incredible battles with monsters of the legendary king Beowulf. Yet, this human-centered view of the world which was manifested by Beowulf’s almost superhuman abilities and talents was reversed by an acclaimed fictional author, John Gardner; this reversal was done by means of placing Grendel, the monster in the epic as the rational and intuitive protagonist instead of the idealistic human image of Beowulf in his own version entitled Grendel. Suffering from a gruesome childhood accident, Gardner’s...
The Role of the Poet in Medieval Society
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...?The Role of the Poet in Medieval Society Poetry is one of the oldest forms of textual art in which expressing stories, the human condition, and the emotional context of life has been used for entertainment and for expanding the cultural meanings and connections. In medieval society, poetry was a form of entertainment, a recitation that was intended to give an audience pleasure. It was also a form of spreading news, as stories became a way of heralding the events of the day from one place to another. Minstrels often travelled from town to town to spread the information and expand the reputation of the elite. Through an examination of Beowulf, Parliament of the Fowls, Sir Gareth of Orkney... (2010), the...
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...or fiction? The Plague by Albert Camus as narrated in the introduction is a nonfiction and factual novel based on the widespread spread of the Plague disease in the Algerian city. This novel is about common people looked for solidarity and fought to bring stability in their life irrespective of the spread of this disease. 7. What types of tales are contained in the Decameron? Give examples. The Decameron is an allegory, being a frame narration it contains hundred tales which are presented by ten young people. It encompasses a wide range of tales which are belonging to various genres like tragic, erotic, humor, practical jokes as well as the teachings of life that comprised of morality,...
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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...of ancient times, and the Arthurian heroes of the high Middle Ages, lies in the way that relationships between people take on a “courteous” style. For the likes of Beowulf or the ancient Roman and Greek heroes, women were little more than chattels, who could be bought and sold, or won as valuable prizes in battle. In the Arthurian court, however, Queen Guinevere is an important focus of admiration and attention from all the noble men. Thanks to the influence of Christianity, and especially to the fashion of praying to the Virgin Mary, noble women were idealized and made the subject of admiring songs and poems. The story reflects both the good side of female character, as in the...
Ramayana and Shakuntala: A Comparison
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...on course showcase morals, values and virtues that are integral to Hindu Dharma. In this sense, this great Indian epic serves as a theatrical illustration of ideal Hindu life, with a comprehensive list of moral codes to abide by. In the Ramayana, a recurrent theme is one of maintenance of honor and virtue. This is amply evident through the lives of Ram, Lakshman, Sita, Hanuman, etc. All these characters go to great lengths in keeping their promises and upholding their loyalties. Ram, for example, stands firm in his commitment to Sita, even when he is tempted by attractive women like Surpanak after Sita’s abduction by Ravan. Sita, likewise is a model of restraint and fidelity, as...
Thematic presentation- Harry potter
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...literature and films presents heroism in various setting including psychological platform as presented in Mrs. Dalloway. The challenge in tragic heroism is the understanding of the plot of the film or book. For Harry, the actions of Voldemort present evil in the magic kingdom of Hogwarts. First the creation of anarchy by Voldemort led to the need to develop a hero to depict heroism (Rowling). The society regards individuals who give their life for the society as heroes and are integral in the development of a better society (Radcliffe). In fact, heroes act as role model by shaping the societal values and tradition. Some traditional cultures encouraged the development of heroes...
Religion and Philosophy in Ancient India and China
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...they acquire on course showcase morals, values and virtues that are integral to Hindu Dharma. In this sense, this great Indian epic serves as a theatrical illustration of ideal Hindu life, with a comprehensive list of moral codes to abide by. In the Ramayana, a recurrent theme is one of maintenance of honor and virtue. This is amply evident through the lives of Ram, Lakshman, Sita, Hanuman, etc. All these characters go to great lengths in keeping their promises and upholding their loyalties. Ram, for example, stands firm in his commitment to Sita, even when he is tempted by attractive women like Surpanak after Sita’s abduction by Ravan. Sita, likewise is a model of restraint...
The Hero of American Fantasy: Rebel in Search of Cause
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...The Hero of American Fantasy: Rebel in Search of Cause A This thesis attempts to highlight the main characteristics of the American culture. Several aspects are considered like the uniqueness of American culture, its mythmaking tradition, the theory of Hero’s Journey, the modern myth making tradition of American fiction, common characteristics of the hero character, the heroic character and relation with other character prototypes , the values that The American Speculative fiction represent, and the American legendarium’s influence over other traditions. The literature review aims to explore the different aspects of the topic selected for investigation and it reveals...
Gawain, Green Knight and Robyn Hode
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...Sur of the of the ‘Compare and Contrast the Values of Heroism: Gawain and the Green Knight vs. Robyn Hode’ Q. To what extent do the values of heroism in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries transcend class, as illustrated by one text aimed at the upper class, ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’, and one text aimed at a more popular, lower-or middle-class audience, ‘A Gest of Robyn Hode?’ Introduction In popular culture, heroism generally means doing what is right, despite the odds. The essence of a heroic character is his ability to defy the odds and defeat the challenges that lie in his path. Whether it is Beowulf vs. Grendel, Theseus vs. the...
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