Anglo-Saxon Characteristics in "Beowulf" Analytical Essay

Anglo-Saxon Characteristics in "Beowulf"
This paper discusses the traditional and non-traditional Anglo-Saxon characteristics present in the epic "Beowulf".
# 105548 | 1,434 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 09, 2008 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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The paper compares and contrasts the various Anglo-Saxon characteristics in "Beowulf" and shows how they are critical to both the plot and the setting of Seamus Heaney's version of this epic. The paper reviews and analyzes traditional characteristics including the quest for fame, manliness and courage as well as the non-traditional characteristics of generosity and concern for others.

From the Paper:

"In Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf, many themes and motifs exist, including predominantly the values of the Anglo-Saxon culture. The theme of manliness and strength known to the Anglo-Saxon tradition and important to the development and characteristics of Beowulf can be identified in all three agons of the epic. However, Beowulf also presents non-traditional aspects opposite of the typical Anglo-Saxon warrior, weaving an intricate text to enliven the story. These two contrasting forces combine to create a poem that highlights the inextinguishable spirit of mankind as well as underlines the values of morality."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Heaney, Seamus. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation. W.W. Norton: New York, 2001.

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