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Eng 205 - Beowulf (Grigg)

This guide will help you with Ms. Grigg's Beowulf research paper in English 205.

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Analyzing Beowulf 

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  • Describe the functions and roles of treasure (reward, gift, status symbol, adornment, hoard). Evaluate how various characters in Beowulf value treasure.
  • Compare and contrast Christian and pagan elements within Beowulf.
  • Judge Beowulf as a true hero based on the heroic code of the time or as a proud, boastful, and arrogant character.
  • Compare and contrast the themes of  alienation and community in Beowulf.
  • Describe the ideals cherished by the Viking culture, and evaluate how Beowulf's actions epitomize these values.