An Archetypal Approach to Beowulf Poem Review by cee-cee

An Archetypal Approach to Beowulf
An examination of "Beowulf" and the Christian and Pagan themes within the poem.
# 110871 | 1,225 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jan 01, 2009 in History (Religion) , Literature (Poetry) , Literature (Mythology)

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This paper examines and analyzes the poem, "Beowulf" and describes it as an adventurous, heroic epic which resembles the classical mythological tales. The writer postulates that the ultimate meaning of the poem seems to be Christian rather than pagan, since the main theme of the text is the fight of good against evil. The writer examines the poem and by analyzing the contrastive and opposing patterns and symbols expressed in the work, both Christian and Pagan, and attempts to validate his statement that the poem is, ultuimately, one with a Christian message.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beowulf trans. by Edward L. Risden. Troy: Whitston Publishing, 1994
  • Goldsmith, Margaret E. The Christian Theme of Beowulf, in Medium Aevum, Vol. XXIX, No. 2, 1960, pp. 81-101
  • Grant, Ramond J.S. "Beowulf and the World of Heroic Elegy," in Leeds Studies in English, Vol. 8, 1975, pp. 45-75.
  • Moorman, Charles. "The Essential Paganism of Beowulf," in Modern Language Quarterly, Vol. XXVIII, No. 1, March, 1967, pp. 3-18.

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