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of King Hrothgar in defeating a man-eating monster, Grendel, who is terrorizing his people and killing his warriors each night. There is, likewise, a similar threat to King Hrothgars people.
the "somber grandeur of Beowulf is still capable of stirring the hearts of readers" (31). Although the poem is English in its language and origin, the characters in the
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
inhabitants of England with the Christian influence that were undoubtedly added by the unknown poet who set the oral epic to paper. Nevertheless, despite the additions of Christian influence, the
the Church deemed it proper to allow them to retain many of their former customs, providing those customs were not explicitly forbidden by the Bible. The same approach applies
Grendel is the stuff of pure myth. He is the amorphous evil that has no shape, yet is deadly. The monsters sole purpose is to provide a worthy adversary against
story into its form was a Christian; however, it is also offers glimpses into a remote, ancient warrior culture whose values and precepts seem strange to modern sensibilities (Donaldson 31).
the eighth century A.D. He was a rather nomadic warrior, who would fight battles for country that needed his services. He was particularly close to King Hrothgar of
in order to deliver the king from his enemy, Grendel. He was not asked to do this. He merely felt that it was a task which needed to be done,
has no truly light moments for it is a warriors tale. The following paper examines the presence and lack of lightheartedness in the stories. Beowulf and Gawain and
bravery and loyalty in Anglo-Saxon culture, will become the primary focus of the entire work. To understand the mechanism of this change, it is first necessary to understand the role
patriotism. Beowulf and An Irish Airman Foresees His Death In Yeats poem there is a strong sense of fatalism as the narrator presents an image of knowing that
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
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
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