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Beowulf

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Kimberly Moody

on 18 August 2013

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Transcript of Beowulf

Beowulf
Pride
Beowulf has a sense of pride when he proclaims that he will not use weapons against the mighty Grendel. By stating, "he needs no weapons and fears none. Nor will I" Beowulf explains just how important it is to him that no weaponry is to be used (260-264).
The Geats that follow Beowulf are a tribe of men who fully respect him because after his death, "twelve of the bravest Geats rode their horses around the tower" out of respect for their great leader (865-861).
Tribe
Beowulf reminds us about fate throughout the entire epic, and by proclaiming "fate will unwind as it must" he explains that if death comes to him, the people shouldn't worry because it was meant to happen (284).
Fate
Choices
The Danish watchman at the coast makes a huge decision by letting the Geats "go forward, weapon and armor and all, on into Denmark" (202-204).
Various gifts are given out in the story of Beowulf, many given by Beowulf himself. "The golden necklace" and "the gold-covered helmet" both were gifts given to Wiglaf before Beowulf's death (831-834).
Gifts
Rewards
King Beowulf's death wishes were granted by his men and the treasures that he and Wiglaf took from the dragon were "buried in the sandy ground, back in the earth, again and forever hidden, useless to men" as reward to Beowulf for his brave leadership (849-852).
The beginning of the epic is just an explanation of how Grendel came to be. All of this is based solely on Christianity, and "the Almighty making the earth" comes from the first chapter of the book of Genesis in the Bible (6-13).
Christianity
Paganism
The Pagan beliefs are ruled by fate, and the stories from the Pagan Anglo-Saxons are about people struggling against monsters for a place in the world. These people also still believe in sacrificing "to the old stone gods" which is what they did against Grendel instead of having faith in the Almighty God (89-93).
During the battle with Grendel's mother, Ketta, she bites into his helmet and destroys it and his sword is no use against her tough, evil skin. Beowulf knows that if he doesn't defeat her that no fame will come to him because he will be left dead at the bottom of the lake, so he must fight her with his bare hands. In the end, fame becomes his, and Grendel's mother is defeated.
"So fame comes to the men who mean to win and care about nothing else!" (507-509)
Fame
Glory is an important quality to to Beowulf, according to the entire epic. Statements such as ,"I drove five great giants into chains" emphasizes the want he has to let the people know of his great accomplishment (246-250).
Glory
Most mothers will seek revenge on whoever hurt their baby which is exactly what Grendel's mother does by killing "Hrothgar's closest friend" (411).
Family
Grendel's mother
The burial of King Beowulf
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