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Caedmon’s Hymn

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Caedmon's Hymn # 2. Bede was born in AD 673 at the monastery. There is no record of his family, except that Benedict Biscop, the founder of the monastery, was entrusted to care for Bede at the age of 7, and then he went to Ceolfrith. Bede went on to spent the rest of his life living in the monastery. He was named deacon at the age of 19 and priest at 30. Outside of his time in choir, he worked as scholar and teacher; he once said, "It has always been my delight to learn or to teach or to write". And he explains that "I have made it my business, for my own benefit and that of my brothers, to make brief extracts from the works of the venerable fathers on the holy scriptures, or to add notes of my own to clarify their sense and interpretation". His writings started the idea of dating this era from the incarnation of Christ. He was raised within the walls of a Christian environment therefore his writing were all about Christian stories or happenings, such as Caedmons hymn, in which an angel visits Caedmon and he is given the gift of song so that he can spread the word of God through song. ...read more.

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He was trying to make them realize that Jesus was the savior of all mankind and if you followed his word and teachings then you would be a better person. 3. Beowulf and the Battle of Maldon (choose 2) # 1. In order for a poem to be classified as "epic" it must be a narrative poem relating to heroic events. Barbaric fighting on battle fields or slaying the hideous beast who terrorizes a nearby village, one person who has the strength of 30 who everyone looks up to and wants to be like, are just a few examples of what might be in an epic poem. The heroic ideal for most people is slightly different but for the most part people have a stereotypical thought of a hero. Prior to the Christian conversion a hero had to have certain characteristics he had to be strong, brave, wise, noble, courageous and most of all male. He had to be able to do battle in all the wars and never fear death. The heroes that we think about have kind of a mysterious way about them, in the story of Beowulf he can "wrench" off the arm of a giant man eating beast with his bare hands. ...read more.

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The dragon had a very good reason to be breathing fire in the village, but Grendal had no reason whatsoever. I think that Beowulf is a savior figure not only because he saved his kingdom from the dragon but also because he saved the Danish kingdom from not only Grendal but also his mother. Beowulf didn't have to help the Danes but being the heroic figure that he was he did what he could to help. Beowulf could be called altruistic because he saves the village over and over again and puts his life in danger each time he has to do battle with one of the monstrous beasts. He cares more about saving the village because it is kind of like his duty because of his heroic status. I think that he could be seen as egotistical because when the dragon comes to town looking for his goblet Beowulf feels like since it is his kingdom he needs to be the one to take care of the problem. People could see this as being egotistical because he could have just sent some of his younger knights or whatever to fight his battles for him but instead he does it himself. Some people could take that as him not wanting to be thought of as being to old or they might think that he is trying to prove just how strong he is. ...read more.

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