Gender Roles in "Beowulf" and "Confessions" Essay by cee-cee

Gender Roles in "Beowulf" and "Confessions"
A review of the history of gender roles and their depiction in "Beowulf" and St. Augustine's "Confessions."
# 107321 | 1,779 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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This paper discusses the depiction of gender roles in "Beowulf" and by St. Augustine in his "Confessions." The paper argues that pagan gender roles as described in "Beowulf" were different than those prescribed by St. Augustine in his "Confessions," demonstrating that Christian beliefs may have eliminated the "warrior-woman" of ancient times, leaving only the submissive role as a model for women to follow. The paper contains notes about the translation of "Beowulf" at the end.

Sample of Sources Used:

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