Beowulf

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  • Legendary Hero
  • This quote shows Beowulf's notoriety. When he first gets to Denmark, the Danes throw him a great feast. While there, he brags to Hrothgar about all he's accomplished.
  • Omniscient Narration
  • The narrator uses 3rd person, omniscient narration to tell us the thoughts, feelings, and actions of the characters. He writes as if he is witnessing and experiencing everything that takes place in the story and sometimes even spoiling what's next.
  • Epic Writing Style
  • Epic style of writing contains characters and events that are described in a truly epic and poetic manner.
  • "They have seen my strength for themselves,/ Have watched me rise from the darkness of war,/ Dripping with enemies' blood. I drove/ Five great giants into chains, chased/ all of that race from the earth."
  • Supernatural Elements
  • The Supernatural includes all that cannot be explained by the laws of nature, including things characteristic of or relation to ghosts, gods or other types of spirits and other non-material beings, or to things beyond nature. 
  • "He wept, fearing/ The beginning might not be the end. And that night/ Grendel came again, so set/ On murder that no crime could ever be enough."
  • Vast Setting
  • "He slipped through the door and there in the silence/ Snatched up thirty men, smashed them/ Unknowing in their beds and ran out with their bodies."
  • Super Human Strength
  • Superhuman strength refers to a display of extreme strength by humans, beyond what is considered normal. 
  • "Into a thousand forms of evil-spirits/ And fiends, goblins, monsters, giants,/ A brood forever opposing the Lord's/ Will, and again and again defeated."
  • Beowulf fights Grendel's mother in her layer "where mist/ Steams like black clouds, and the groves of trees/ Growing out over their lake are all covered/ With frozen spray"
  • Much of the action takes place in or around Hrothgar's hall of Heorot, but Beowulf also goes to the to kill the swamp hag in her underwater lair, and his fight against the dragon is in his home of Geatland.
  • "Higlac's follower remembered his final/ Boast and , standing erect, stopped/ The monster's flight, fastened those claws/ In his fists till they cracked"
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