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2. Consider two of the following as symbols: Heorot, Grendel’s claw, the cave, or the dragon’s treasure-hoard. 3. How does the poet use the theme of revenge in the poem? Consider the motivation of characters such as Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon, as well as Beowulf. 4. Other than […]

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The Beowulf Manuscript

The only surviving manuscript of Beowulf is written in Old English (Anglo-Saxon). Rather than being composed at a specific time, the poem probably developed out of various influences, especially folk tales and traditions. Parts of it may have originally been performed by court poets or traveling bards (scops, pronounced “shops,” […]

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The Beowulf Poet

The poet’s apprenticeship would have included learning certain traditional themes, popular stories, names of various characters, and the formulas through which the bard eventually performed the tales or created his own stories. We might expect a performer to be able to fit the theme of the piece, and even the […]

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