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  • Characters In The Poems Ulysses
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    WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THEIR JOURNEYS Mary Es pedal English IV 9/20/00 The Victorian period lasted from 1830 to 1880. This era marks the climax of England's rise to economic and military supremacy. The Victorians brought increasing efforts to achieve political, social, and economic quests to met changes made by industrialization. For example, characters in the poems Ulysses, Prospice, and Beowulf go on journeys to seek a purpose. In Ulysses, a poem written by Alfred Tennyson, the main character ...
  • Characteristics Of The Beowulf Poem
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    Characteristics of the Beowulf Poem There are many characteristics of the Beowulf poem that make it a significant part of the history of literature. It is a perfect representation of how the people in eighth century England communicated, what their feelings were, and their culture. 'It gives us vital information about Old English social life and about Old English politics and about many things that scholars would like to have much more information on. ' (Raffel ix) Another characteristic is that...
  • Difference In The Poem And Movie
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    Beowulf versus The 13th Warrior After reading the epic poem Beowulf and watching the movie The 13th Warrior, I find that the differences greatly outnumber the similarities. However, the theme of good versus evil reflects the values of the Anglo-Saxon people in both the poem and the movie. Numerous differences exist in the poem and the movie including the characters, the bloody battles, and the deaths of the heroes. Many differences occur in the poem and movie. The difference in the heroes names ...
  • Old English Poems
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    Beowulf is an epic poem with pagan origins, yet it is rife with Christian elements. The second quotation from the first part assigns fate as the ruler of all men, a distinctly non-Christian view. Additionally, the gaining of earthly treasures as rewards for virtuous conduct, here the spoils from a defeated enemy, is not heroic in any Christian sense. Christians advocate the advancement of spiritual rather than worldly treasure. By seeking worldly fame rather than eternal salvation, Beowulf is cl...
  • Ending Of The Poem Beowulf
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    Beowulf" I had a fixed purpose when I put to sea. As I sat in the boat with my band of men, I men to perform to the uttermost what your people wanted or perish in the attempt, in the fiend's clutches. And I shall fulfill that purpose, prove myself with a proud deed or meet my death here in the mead-hall" (632-638) Boasting in the poem seems to be a suitable and accepted form of self-assertion. It is interesting to see how the protagonist Beowulf is able to boast with out appearing to be conceded...
  • Epic Poems And Fairy Tales
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    Epic poems and fairy tales have many similarities. An epic poem is a long narrative poem that deals with great heroes and adventures, and involves supernatural forces. A fairy tale is a story dealing with beings with magical powers. In fairy tales, characters can do the impossible. In the epic poem, Beowulf, we see many examples which allow us the call this story a fairy tale. The super-human physical strength that Beowulf possesses is nearly unfeasible. Also, Beowulf is able single handedly to ...
  • Pagan And Christian Ideas In The Poem
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    It is common opinion that Beowulf was written by a Christian poet. This was probably true because at the time when it was written, most of the few people who knew how to read and write were in the clergy. There are various references within the poem to elements of the Christian religion. However, the story is about Pagan people and certain aspects of their culture are even glorified. The ambiguity of Beowulf's religious content has caused confusion as to what significance religion had in inspiri...
  • Beowulf Point Of View
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    Beowulf is a well-known Anglo-Saxon poem that has been in English classes around the United States for almost as long as there have been schools around. Beowulf is not an actual picture of historic Denmark, Geatland, or Sweden around 500 A.D., yet it is on a general view, a self-consistent picture, a construction bearing clearly the marks of design and thought. Beowulf to us can only truly be enjoyed if one reads it in the old English version. The effects of the poem are not the same, although t...
  • Beowulf Vs Grendal
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    Beowulf vs. Grendal Grendal, a descendant of Cain, is one of the main antagonist of the poem Beowulf. He lives under an inherited curse and is denied God's presence. Throughout the story Grendal causes enormous grief and fear to the people of Herot. After so much pain and agony the king of Herot, Hrothgar, sends for the protagonist of the poem, Beowulf. He is a Geat and the epic hero of the poem. The wide variety of distinctions between Grendal and Beowulf is what develops the climax of the comp...
  • Battle Between Beowulf And Grendal
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    Good vs. Evil as found in "Beowulf" In the epic "Beowulf", there is a constant struggle between good and evil. This poem is an early example of the phrase, "Bad guys never win". Examples of this theme include: God versus Cain, Beowulf versus Grendal, and Beowulf versus Grendal's mother. The first battle between God (good) and Cain (evil) is actually an allusion from the bible. This story of Cain is used to compare God's feelings of Grendal, a descendant of Cain. The book states, '... Since Cain ...
  • Heroes Scefing And Beowulf
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    Significance of Scyld Scefing Scyld Scefing often deprived his enemies, many tribes of men, of their mead-benches. He terrified his foes; yet he, as a boy, had been found a waif; fate made amends for that. He prospered under heaven, won praise and honor, until the men of every neighboring tribe, across the whale's way, were obliged to obey him and pay him tribute. He was a noble king! (BEO 4-11). At first glance to any reader, the above passage that opens Beowulf may seem perplexing. Why is this...
  • Poem Ozymandias
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    Curtis Rockwell 10/02/03 Essay English The two poems, "The Beowulf Syndrome" by Cynthia Cheung and "Ozymandias" are two great pieces of work. The Beowulf Syndrome and Ozymandias can by compared in many ways. You can compare literary elements and techniques used in both poems. The Beowulf Syndrome is written in paragraphs of four. In this poem Cynthia tells about the novel Beowulf. In the beginning of the poem she write "specks of sand under darkened sky" this is a metaphor in which sand is reall...
  • Characteristics Of Anglo Saxon Culture In Beowulf
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    The Anglo-Saxons were a Germanic people that crossed the North Sea to Britain in 449 AD. These Germanic tribes brought along many ideals. They were a people who admired men of outstanding courage and heroic ability. They also placed high importance on loyalty, which was an essential ingredient to achieve the success of not only the tribe but the entire kingdom. They were also a people that realized the shortness of life and therefore completed heroic acts to achieve fame. These three ideals of t...
  • Few Of The Many Themes In Beowulf
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    Beowulf is a story centered around a man and his fights with monsters. He was a warrior who fulfilled his obligations as a hero; as a protector of his people, the Geats, and also the Swedes and the Danes. There are three main themes that can be found in Beowulf, one of which, being main theme, heroism. Beowulf fights the monsters with more than physical courage, he boldly protected the people willingly to his death. Along with heroism, blood-feuds is another theme emphasized in Beowulf. The life...
  • Very Christian Idea And Beowulf
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    "How Christian is the poem?" asks Howell Checkering in his analysis of Beowulf. While the author of the poem was most certainly a pagan, as were most Anglo-Saxons at the time the poem was written, the recorder of the poem, a monk who had most likely heard the poem while converting the pagans to Christianity, included many of his own religious beliefs. There are many pagan rituals and beliefs represented in Beowulf, but the overall tone of the poem is very Christian. Christian nature is shown in ...
  • Role Of Fate In Beowulf's Life
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    A Twist of Fate for the Great Hero Beowulf Fate seems to be an ongoing theme in the works of Boethius and Beowulf. Whether it is a belief of Christian providence or pagan fatalism, the writers of these works are strongly moved by the concept of fate and how it affects the twists and turns of a person's life. Fate is most often seen as the course of events in a person's life that leads them to inevitable death at some time or another. Throughout the poem Beowulf, the characters are haunted by fat...
  • Beowulf A Christain Poem
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    The epic poem Beowulf, one of the sources for a Western paradigm portrays Christ as a warrior. The Anglo-Saxon tradi ons emphasises Christainity as a her ioc code, yet sometimes contradicting to traditional Christain values. Is Beowulf a Christain poem? Luke 11: 4. Forgiveness, an important virtue in a Christain life. When Beowulf sees his life coming to a close before he faces the dragon, he decides to forgive his enemies. Even though they feel no re mores or sda ness for their evil deeds of ki...
  • Great Lord In The Poem Beowulf
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    Beowulf is the cornerstone of the medieval literature evolution. It is known as the basis for following epic stories of heroism, valor, and conflicts between man and himself. Beowulf was never actually "written,' therefore it does not have a credited author. It is said that this poem was passed through time by an oral poetic method. This simply means "by word of mouth. ' Beowulf was finally placed into its actual poetic form by and unknown poet. The poem was performed for many years by what is c...
  • Structure Of Warfare In Anglo Saxon Society
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    The poem Beowulf accurately exhibits the principal structure and values of Anglo-Saxon society. In the poem, there is no distinction between myth and history, yet many elements of the epic accurately reflect aspects of the Anglo-Saxon period. However, the poem is not anachronistic, in that it confronts trans generational issues, which are still significant today. It is particularly fascinating that so much about the customs of a particular culture can be learned from this single poem. For exampl...
  • Beowulf's Epic Poemship Beowulf
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    Beowulf's Epic Poemship Beowulf, Beowulf's Epic Poemship Essay, Research Paper Beowulf, the poem without a definite origin, is a very powerful story. It encompasses many characteristics that draw the reader's attention. There is a very apparent element of revenge and the bravery exhibited by Beowulf himself is one of the poem's greatest strengths. The many themes and strong characters create a story with much "readability' (as I like to call it). However Beowulf, unlike The Odyssey, very arguabl...

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