|Beowulf : A 4 page (detailed) analytical discussion of the
classic English epic poem - "Beowulf." No Bibliography.
Beowulf / An Overview : A 5 page
paper about the Old
English epic. The writer provides an overview of the story
and then analyzes its importance to contemporary readers
today. No additional sources cited. Beowulf3.wps
Beowulf / Pagan or Christian Hero? : A 5 page paper
examining whether Beowulf is as much a Christian as he
claims. There are numerous pagan references throughout the
epic, including among them monsters, sorcery and drinking
of blood. Had Beowulf been truly Christian in his
convictions, he would have understood that he would have
no need of treasure after leaving this earth. Rather than
allow the captured treasure to be used for the benefit of
others after his death, he insisted that it be buried with him.
Beowulf was a pagan hero. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
The Character of Hrothgar in Beowulf : A 3 page essay in
which the writer analytically presents Hrothgar as the most
"human" character in the epic "Beowulf." It is posited that
while Hrothgar does indeed have all of the qualities
necessary for greatness, he is the one character with whom
we can most identify. Also examined is Hrothgar's
relationship with Beowulf and the fact that while he has
wisdom, Hrothgar lacks courage. No Bibliography.
Family Ties in Beowulf : A 5 page paper analyzing the way
the author of this anonymous early-medieval poem views the
ties of family and kinship. The paper concludes that the
poems author considered valor and nobility to have a
genetic component, and felt that a person of noble blood bore
an extra measure of responsibility for his people.
Bibliography lists 1 source. Famwulf.wps
Beowulf, Sundiata, and Heroism in the Epic Tradition :
A 5 page paper comparing Beowulf, the oldest work in
English literature, with an African epic, Sundiata. The paper
concludes that the two works define heroism differently;
while Beowulf is interested primarily in promoting himself
as a valiant warrior, with Sundiata the emphasis is always on
his people. Bibliography lists four sources. Epictrad.wps
Beowulf & Joseph Conrads Heart of
Heroism : A 5 page paper comparing these two works in
terms of their conceptions of heroism. The paper concludes
that both authors share a sense that true heroism has a
spiritual component that goes beyond fame and power.
Bibliography lists 2 sources. Beodark.wps
Beowulf & Gawain / The Role of Women : A 5 page paper
examining the way the anonymous authors of these two early
works deal with the presence of women in their tales. The
paper notes that in both cases, women function as forces of
primal but somehow irrational passion that need to be
smoothed over and subjugated by men in order for the
world to function in top form. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
Kingship And Downfall In Beowulf And Lear : A 5 page
paper comparing Beowulf and Shakespeares King Lear in
terms of the protagonists deaths at the end of their
respective works of literature. The paper observes that
Beowulfs overconfidence caused him to die precisely as he
wanted -- a hero -- while Lears vanity caused him to die a
tragic and humbled death. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight : A 5 page
paper that discusses the difference between the two heroes in
these works. Beowulf and Gawain both represent the
characteristics of heroes, but both demonstrate them in
different ways. While Beowulf fights his battles to achieve
fame and glory, Gawain battles the Green Knight in service
to Arthur. There personal characteristics determine the
outcomes of the works. Bibliography lists 3 source.