Epic Poetry and Beowulf

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                                                    "The Epic Beowulf"   Beowulf is an epic poem that takes place in early medieval warrior culture of Europe.  An epic is a narrative poem containing details of heroic deeds and events significant to a culture or nation.  Beowulf is a brave warrior.  He ventures off to another land to help aide in defeating a demon/monster.  Epics usually include war or combat one on one, as in the three battles featured in this poem.  Beowulf shows his courage and skill by slaying Grendel without the use of a shield or sword.  In lines (507-513) Beowulf states "I count myself weaker in war or grapple of battle than Grendel himself.  Therefore I scorn to slay him with sword deal deadly wound, as I well might do- nothing he knows of a noble fighting, of thrusting and hewing and hacking of shield."

  Beowulf is a well-known noble who fights evil.  We could compare this to every day life situations. Cops versus bad guys.  In lines (632-638) Beowulf says "I had a fixed purpose when I was put to sea.  As I sat in the boat with my band of men, I meant to perform to the uttermost what your people wanted to perish in the attempt, in the fiends clutches.  And I shall fulfill that purpose, prove myself with a proud deed or meet my death here in the mead- hall."  

In current times of todays world men and women go out as police officers to serve and protect us. We can compare this story to current events. 

  When he battles Grendel, his mother and the Dragon he demonstrates bravery and courage.  Beowulf protected his culture until his death.  It is said that the epic hero is on a quest for something of great value to him or his people.  Epic heroes are known to be braver, stronger, smarter and clever then an ordinary person.  Beowulf was on a quest for something of great value to him or his people.  Beowulf knew the consequences if he failed his mission.  Beowulf’s courage pushed him to defeat Grendel and Grendel's...