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  1. Two Different Heroes

    For Beowulf, heroic accomplishments are a way of proving himself in the eyes of others, and the reason for his bravery is the fame that he achieves. This is also seen when Unferth accuses Beowulf of vanity because of a competition with Breca, and then tells Beowulf that he will not succeed in his battle with Grendel. Beowulf rebukes Unferth, and tells the story of his swimming competition with Breca. Beowulf lives to accomplish heroic deeds, such as killing nine sea-monsters by hand.

  2. In this excerpt from the story, Beowulf tells the people that he is not afraid of this fiend and that he will conquer Grendel at all costs.

    By speaking all of this the people begin to trust in him and believe that he could really be their hero and end their problems. Basically, Beowulf takes on the hero role and begins to show hero qualities to the people thorough this speech, which he gives. "The sounds changed, the Danes started in new terror, cowering in their beds as the terrible screams of the Almighty's enemy sang in the darkness, the horrible shrieks of pain and defeat, the tears torn out of Grendel's taut throat, hell's captive caught in the arms of him who of all the men on earth was the strongest."

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  3. Discuss the ways in which the Gawain-poet develops the contrasts between the 'inner' and 'outer'.

    His reputation exceeds himself. She does not believe he is gawain. Gawain, bound to chivalry, is torn between his knightly edicts, his courtly obligations, and his mortal thoughts of self-preservation Lady Berolik exterior shows that she wants |Gawain but this exterior is false as she is tricking him and leading him tio temptasion I s our exterior what we are really like inside? Green knight outside appearance supernatural because of morgan le fay but inside he is human Berkolik is not who he seems -Techniques Phsically inside and outside -themes Why did the author spend so much space in what seems to be just action scenes?

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  4. The Morals of a Knight, An Essay on "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight".

    This conflict becomes very evident when Gawain is given three tests by Bertilak (the Green Knight). Bertilak gives these tests to Gawain in accordance with him staying: Within a moat, on a mound, bright amid boughs Of many a tree great of girth that grew by the water - A castle as comely as a knight could own, On grounds fair and green, in a goodly park. (ll. 765-769) At this castle, Morgan le Fay (the host's lady) tries to tempt Gawain with her "bosom all but bare" (ll.

    • Word count: 910
  5. Women's Role in Grendel.

    Her plans were abandoned to fulfill their own desires; she was not a Scylding, nor did she desire to be one, but she understood the importance of the arrangement and endured. Queen Wealhtheow put up an excellent disguise when hiding the pain she experienced from being forced to be Hrothgar's wife. Wealhtheow was wistful; she missed her land and her brother, yet she persevered. She exhibited courage and soundness of spirit as she handled her precarious position with tact and reverence.

    • Word count: 542
  6. Between the Lines of Happily Ever After.

    It is only after the Green Knight jocularly reprimanded Gawain that he relialized his wrongdoing and "shrank from shame". The Green Knight and the audience can easily forgive Gawain, for after all, his failing was not due to lust, but "for the love of [his] life". To readers, Gawain's character has fallen from being "perfect" to "almost perfect". Nevertheless, in his own eyes, Gawain has suddenly become "faulty and false" and has "found fearful ways". Seeing the impossible expectations Gawain holds himself up to, the reader almost wishes to comfort him as the Green Knight did when he politely said, "In my view you have made amends for your misdemeanors."

    • Word count: 981
  7. "Religion's Role in Beowulf"

    Because Hrothgar and his ancestors are noble men, Hrothgar's throne is protected by God. Hrothgar's ancestors have proven their nobility and heroism through their quest for peace in a conflicted world. For example, Hrothgar builds Herot to create a community and as a representation of peace. Hrothgar's demonstration of pure religious virtues is reason for God to bless his throne. Grendel doesn't know God's love and does not dare to touch the throne (Beowulf 28). This is symbolic of the theme that evil will never overcome good. Grendel, despite his vicious powers, is unable to touch God.

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  8. Selfishness in the Act of Service.

    He is helping himself gain a legacy and he is showing off his great mental and physical power. As soon as he arrives at Heorot, he tells king Hrothgar of his experience fighting against water-monsters. He describes how he will defeat Grendel with his famous handgrip. Unferth challenges Beowulf, and ridicules his week-long swimming match against Breca, which he lost. Beowulf reminds him that they were boys when they challenged each other, and that he lost the contest because sea monsters, which he defeated, attacked him.

    • Word count: 577
  9. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight vs. Beowulf

    Beowulf shows the trueness of a perfect hero, a knight that shows no fear. Sir Gawain on the other hand has faults he does not have the whole of being a perfect hero. He does not have a glorious background as to Beowulf who defeats seas full of monsters to save others. Though Sir Gawain does prove that he has some courage, for he takes up the challenge against the Green Knight. Beowulf has unlimited courage, he takes up any challenge and shows no sign of being frightened at anytime. Yet when Sir Gawain is put up to his challenge he flinches with fright, but then after calming down he realizes his position and takes on what he has vowed he would do.

    • Word count: 759
  10. Reinterpretation on Beowulf - A Homosexual Translation

    Additionally, the way that homosexuals are talked about in such a harsh and inhumane bashing, is much like the treatment of Grendel by society in Beowulf's time. Grendel is also cast away by God, just as Cain was cast away from every one he ever knew, which is not very coincidental considering it was believed that all monsters and evil beasts were direct descendants of Cain. Compare that to how homosexuality is frowned upon by so many religions in today's age.

    • Word count: 768
  11. Grendel: The Hero of His Own Story?

    After all, he ate several of their fellow men, not to mention the fact that he was a hairy beast that crept around the mead hall and wasn't able to be pierced or cut. To humans, often times, irregularity and uncommonness is just as much of a threat as an enemy itself. From the beginning of written history, different ethnic backgrounds, religious groups, or sexual orientations have been a very large part of arguments and even wars. To the people, Grendel was a threat to their well being before he ever attacked, killed, or ate a human.

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  12. I can not help but wonder why they would do this to me. I have been at peace with these humans for many years. The wrong that they brought upon me has driven me to the edge. I can not let them, these barbarians, take me for a fool.

    The day I came back to my lair I knew something was missing. The precious cup made of gold and jewels had disappeared. Angry and full of rage I set forth to seek out the wretched thief, while returning to my barrow numerous of time to see if my eyes had deceived me. The gold treasure-cup was still no where to be found. I will burn them all to ashes. The fury that I possessed was uncontrollable. I could feel the anger slowly making its why through my body, and until I found the thief I was going to contain it.

    • Word count: 957
  13. The types of relationships that people have

    This shows the relationship with the supernatural by showing how Adam and Eve disobeyed God's orders of not to eat from the forbidden tree and they did and then Satan came down to Eden to be revenged on men. Satan once lived in happiness; he was full of joy, and surrounded by pleasure. After he had forsaken God, he was punished for his unfaithfulness to the worst extremes. That is why he has come back to get revenge on God by hurting Adam and Eve, God's creations.

    • Word count: 658
  14. Beowulf and Grendel

    Gardner's perspective of the monster makes the reader question the Anglo-Saxon concept of good verses evil that is presented in Beowulf. For instance, the Shaper states, "The incitement to violence depends upon total transvaluation of the ordinary values. By a single stroke, the most criminal acts may be converted to heroic and meritorious deeds." (Gardner 117). Meaning, that the only difference between acts of violence and heroic deeds is a matter of who commits them, and what might be appropriate for a king would be unheard of by a peasant.

    • Word count: 605
  15. Drinking temptations

    He loved to party. He seemed to go out every night. He said he was enjoying life. We were in the truck going back to the water company because we were done for the day. Michel said, "Hey are you thirsty?" This is when the ninety-degree weather was in town and being behind a weed eater all day didn't really help keep me cool. I said, "You bet." So we stop at Speedway and he tells me to wait in the truck, so I sat there listening to the radio. We always had to listen to country. I hate country music. Anyways, He comes strolling back out with a twelve pack of Coronas. I looked at him.

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  16. Beowulf - Original writing

    Meanwhile back in the forest the party began. A huge fireplace was lit up surrounded by a table full of piping hot chicken, turkey and some beers. There was a delightful and cosy atmosphere. The feasters congratulated Beowulf on his victorious killing of Grendel. It was nearly midnight; suddenly the ground was shook just like an earthquake.

    • Word count: 383

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