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  1. 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
  2. Think of this poem in terms of its storytelling - Were you surprised at the end? What clues are given to the identity of the Green Knight? How does the poet use description effectively? What is artful about the patterning of the action?

    However, subtle hints are provided that leave some doubt in the reader's mind as to who the Green Knight really is, in addition to himself. The biggest (yet subtle) hint is the green girdle that is given to Gawain by Bertilak's wife. Being green, the girdle links itself to the Green Knight, though the reader may not realize this until after finishing the poem. As aforementioned, the end is unexpected, but the Green Knight's lucid speech at the end of the poem prevents the reader from being dumbfounded as to his identity.

    • Word count: 1015
  3. 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
  4. The poem Beowulf, edited by Daniel Donoghue and translated by Seamus Heaney, is a masterful piece of poetry.

    Chance believes that as the mead cup is passed around, the people who drink from the cup are tied together. This is a symbol of weaving men and families together. The Beowulf poet also mentions that the women's role is to create a "peace-pledge between nations" (2017). The standard practice to perform this was to give away daughters, or sisters in arranged marriages to order to bring strong ties with neighbouring or feuding families. Hildeburh, wife of the Frisian king Finn, sister of the Dane Hnaef (249), was given in marriage to fuse both the Danes and the Frisianes together.

    • Word count: 1522
  5. "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.

    • Word count: 595
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.

    • Word count: 815
  10. 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
  11. Beowulf - The real Story

    What is this? I don't remember anything of a Dutakin." "Ever since King Beowulf the Wimp was killed after fleeing the dragon, our new king Wiglaf has divided our kingdom into 7 provinces." "Wait, Beowulf, dead!" the warrior chuckled. "I am not dead! I slew the dragon!" "Not to be disrespectful, sir, but I think the days of lying in the sun have gotten to your head. Beowulf was said to have been seven feet tall, had arms broad as the legs of the greatest horse, and was as wise as all the scholars in the whole Geatland.

    • Word count: 3833
  12. Beowulf vs. James Bond

    Beowulf wants to show all of Denmark the good in his heart and loyalty to the race of men. Because their fate rests in Beowulf's hands, the people of Denmark trust his decisions. Likewise, James Bond, an agent working for the British secret service, has traveled to almost every nation and on a constant basis saves the world from destruction, "When a Soviet Lektor decoding machine is stolen, both the British and the evil organization known as S.P.E.C.T.R.E. are both out to retrieve it and it's up to James Bond to get it first" (Alan, Resident James Bond Scholar; allwatchers.com).

    • Word count: 1035
  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.

    • Word count: 675
  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
  17. Weapons in the Anglo-Saxon Society

    This shows that Beowulf learns from Hrothgar the importance of giving gifts and treasures. The first evidence of the importance of treasure is in the prologue, as the scop tells the story of Shild and Beo. After the time of his passing, Shild's men place his body on a ship with all of his treasures piled around him. In the Anglo-Saxon society this was an honorable form of burial. The Sutton Hoo, a burial ship once found by archaeologists contained many ancient treasures and armor, including "a helmet-cum-mask...a coat of mail...a magnificent sword and the harness belonging to it complete with a great gold belt-buckle...and a elaborately mounted shield that measured almost a yard across"(Tuso, 92).

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  18. Discuss how this short passage represents the theme of shame and show the significance of that theme within Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    To this end, this extract, which is set when Gawain returns to Arthurs? court after his experiences at Hautdesert, presents Gawain in a state of severe anguish and suffering over the shame that has come over him. The poet here describes how, as Gawain retold his tale, his blood was ?Rushing, now hot, now cold,/ And his face flushed in shame?. While it could here be suggested that the use of the verb ?Rushing? shows how Gawain is feeling adrenaline at retelling his tale, the fact that he responded in a similar manner upon initially learning of his failure from

    • Word count: 1103
  19. How are gender relationships depicted in Chaucers "Wife of Bath"?

    Men were the ones who travelled to distant lands in search of adventure, this challenges the accepted ideas about gender of the time. This portrait of a woman is very peculiar for a piece of medieval literature, men tend to have the starring role and women are usually featured as beautiful ladies in distress or as villainous old hags. The Wife of Bath is neither a helpless damsel in distress nor a typical old crone. She is the first of her kind in English literature.

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  20. Comparing Beowulf with the Green Knight

    Beowulf revels in his decision to come over from Geatland to protect King Hrothgar and his people. He feels that this is his opportunity to come and ?protect the thrown? in a God-like manner. Furthermore, in Beowulf?s quest, he completely ignores the medieval warfare?s protocol on weapons. While warriors typically use weapons in battle, Beowulf disagrees with this approach, risking his humanity while stepping outside of his human limits. He decides to fight Grendel on his own terms, and this over prideful, ?superheroesque? mind frame (first interpreted as heroic) would come back to haunt Beowulf in his eventual death.

    • Word count: 1994
  21. Chaucer's Depiction of the Corrupt Church in the Canterbury Tales

    For example, the Knight, though he is a nobleman and not a religiously affiliated character, is the most virtuous; he comes at the top of the hierarchy in terms of social status. Chaucer has nothing but good things to say about the Knight, especially when he says ?he had proved his worth in his Lord?s wars?in Christendom and in heathen-lands and he had always been honored for his valor.? (ll 47-50) The Knight was always respected for what he had done, even when he was doing things for his religion which cannot be said for many of the other characters that Chaucer was describing.

    • Word count: 1032

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