Beowulf as a Christ-like Figure

pagan elements. The world pictured in Beowulf is dominated by warriors, men who placed their faith primarily in two things -- their leader (their "thane") and in "wyrd" (a

ANGLO-SAXON CULTURE AND BEOWULF

held for the ruling lord, not to a persons avocation necessarily. As is shown by the character of the Queen in her speech, kingdoms remained strong only as long as

Heroes: Beowulf and Jesus

has left behind. One manuscript exists in the British museum recording the epic tale of Beowulf. It has been estimated to be about a thousand years old. It

Beowulf/ Symbolism and Allegory

a hero with the strength of thirty men in his hand...against monsters" (Lee 239). In a famous 1936 lecture on Beowulf, Tolkien presented a rhetorically powerfully call for scholars and

Heaney and Raffel’s Translations of Beowulf

might compare Heaneys "the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness" in line 2, which prepares the reader for the unfolding of a historical genealogy with Raffels "the glory

Beowulf, Tempest, Don Quixote/Their Lasting Appeal

and heroism and "Beowulf" is such a story. Its narrative is actually two stories that are separate in origin, but considered as one in that they both picture Beowulf as

Hero and Anti Hero: Beowulf and Grendel

story of Beowulf, an epic heros journey set in Denmark and Sweden, in the sixth century. "To Beowulf now the glory was given, and

Beowulf & Aeneas

Aeneas is bound by the heroic values of a warrior class. However, while Aeneas first inclination is to fight the invading Greeks, he is presented with portents and powerful visual

Christianity in Beowulf

in defending his people. It is a story that has its origins in pagan culture, but it was recorded by a Christian scribe (Saupe 97). Therefore there are "overlays" that

Women in “Beowulf” and “Sundiata” (“Sunjata”)

Hygd, Freawaru, Hildeburh, Thryth and the monster Grendels mother. Most of these women seldom venture beyond conventional stereotypes of being caregivers, hostesses or keepers of the peace. Only

Digressions in Beouwulf.

as connectors, or "verbal doorways" which link the poem and its legends with larger worlds. Digressions The digressions in this poem seem to work at three levels. We have

Beowulf v. Odysseus/Who is the most attractive?

great mead-hall Heorot, which is ruled by Hrothgar. Section VIII of the poem pictures Beowulf addressing the assembly and bragging extravagantly about his own brave, skill and heroism. He says,

Beowulf as Myth

dragon; when the two halves of the poem are viewed in conjunction with one another, its mythic intent becomes apparent as it draws upon both Anglo-Saxon and Christian values to

The Epic “Beowulf”

text, a supernatural force, and the celebration of the hero. Structurally speaking, an epic is "a long narrative poem on a great and serious subject" (Lucas). A primary epic

Beowulf as Christian and Christian Elements in the Poem “Beowulf”

overall situation and conflict between the pagan and Christian religions which existed in England at that time. The heavy Christian influence in the poem however, is reflected in the Christian