BEOWULF ESSAY

Beowulf Essay Responses: Write a short essay discussing how the character, Beowulf, illustrates the three parts of the Old English heroic ideal. (Begin by introducing the three parts of the heroic ideal.)  Be sure to discuss the reciprocal relationship implied by comitatus and how Beowulf illustrated this both as warrior to Hrothgar, and as King of the Geats to his own warriors. (See Lecture Notes and Literature in … Continue reading BEOWULF ESSAY

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BEOWULF ~PART II TEXT

beowulf-part-ii Beowulf: Part II Unferth’s Taunt Unferth spoke, Ecglaf’s son,      220 Who sat at Hrothgar’s feet, spoke harshly And sharp (vexed by Beowulf’s adventure, By their visitor’s courage, and angry that anyone In Denmark or anywhere on earth had ever Acquired glory and fame greater      225 Than his own): Jealous Unferth tells of a youthful … Continue reading BEOWULF ~PART II TEXT

BEOWULF ~ PART I TEXT

beowulf-part-i FROM Beowulf: Part I Translated by BURTON RAFFEL The Coming of Grendel Hrothgar builds a great mead-hall for his warriors. Then Hrothgar, taking the throne, led The Danes to such glory that comrades and kinsmen Swore by his sword, and young men swelled His armies, and he thought of greatness and resolved To build … Continue reading BEOWULF ~ PART I TEXT

BEOWULF: Introduction

Introduction to Beowulf English literature begins with Beowulf. It is England’s heroic epic, a proper beginning for a national literature, but it belongs to everyone because it is profoundly human. The poem shapes and interprets materials connected with the tribes from northern Europe, the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes, who invaded England after the Romans left … Continue reading BEOWULF: Introduction

The Hero in Quest Literature

The Characters (in the Quest Motif) THE HERO -- ROMANTIC, IRONIC, TRAGIC In stories of "the quest,” heroes are on the brink of a great change. Some heroes are desperately unhappy and experience their lives as a stultifying world, one that, in its very orderliness and familiarity, comes to seem sterile and confining: a kind … Continue reading The Hero in Quest Literature