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


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

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/ 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

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, 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

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

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,

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

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


also showing caution, at least at first, concerning Beowulf. The first excerpt to be examined shows Hrothgar speaking to Beowulf: "For fight defensive, Friend my Beowulf, to succor and save,

Beowulf as the Ideal Leader

"Hrothgar O sovran Hrothgar, to seek thee here" possessed of his "nerve and...might" (VI). He tells Hrothgar that he will do whatever is necessary even if "if death must take

English literature from Beowulf to Pope

offers a rather broader depiction of the society of his time: society has become more diverse, since Chaucers pilgrims represent numerous different lifestyles and degrees of social standing. The warrior


chronicle their initial assessment of one another. The Queen also has her say on the matter. Historically speaking, what these sections serve to do is show the importance of


through numerous means, especially contrast and comparions. Grendel is shown to be totally without honor and is wild. "Grendel, who haunted the moors, the wild marshes, and made his