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Identity in Beowulf
Transcript of Identity in Beowulf
The fact of being who or what a person or thing is.
What kind of character is Beowulf?
Describe his traits.
Think of the following plot lines:
What makes up an identity?
After defeating Grendel and his mother, Beowulf doesn’t take the throne upon Higlac’s death, and instead takes it after Higlac’s son dies. What does this tell us about the concept of identity in Beowulf? More broadly, what about Anglo-Saxon culture?
Beowulf doesn’t want to assemble an army to fight the dragon. What does this say about his character? What does it say about the concept of heroism in this story?
--Does he do this because he wants the honor for himself, or does he do it because he wants to keep others out of danger?
--How does this contribute to a view of Beowulf as a hero?
--Do you consider Beowulf’s lack of fear to be pride? Or, do you consider it to be bravery?
Think about Beowulf and the discussion today. Read the passage and answer the following question:
How does Beowulf create his identity throughout the epic poem? Be sure to use a quote from the passage above or from the text.