Beowulf

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Beowulf
When you compare Beowulf to any modern novel or movie, Beowulf seems childlike
at best. Beowulf is told in a straightforward, uncomplicated manner very unlike
many of todayís works, which contain complex plots and themes. What makes

Beowulf readable to an adult and not just children? Why do people find stories
such as Beowulf so intriguing? Why is Beowulf, or any myth, significant?

Beowulf, the story of the young Beowulf sent by fate to save a kingdom plagued
with a nightmarish monster, a rather basic plot synopsis especially for a story
that has been around for more than one thousand years. However Beowulf contains
far more long-standing impact than a slew of the best selling books at any
bookstore. Beowulf, as any myth, teaches many moral lessons giving us a detailed
insight into the culture and writerís beliefs through written accounts of
morality and religion and through the taleís deep symbolism. And it also
provides for an entertaining ride filled with supernatural feats and monsters
with an inspirational hero or role model for the reader. In contrast to some
other popular mythological stories such as the tales of the Greek gods, Beowulf
is almost believable. Beowulf is just over the edge of "real", it pushes our
definition of what exists but not to the point to where we cannot imagine what
is happening in the story. Also I feel that Beowulf is a superior work of
mythology because Beowulf is a true and perfect hero, and represents the
personality and courage most people wish they had In Episode 1 the story begins
with the tale of Scyld Sceafing, which parallels Beowulfís evolution, it is
the motif of a helpless child turning into a great king. Similarly, Sceafing
arrives from the water to the Danish lands in the same way Beowulf arrives. This
is a popular theme in many myths, a small and weak one rising to be strong and a
leader (i.e. Jesus). Part of the beauty of mythology is the repetition of motifs
such as this one. Another facet of mythology that is uncovered in Episode 1 is
religion. In every myth religion is dealt with in some way. Unlike most myths,
however, the religious affiliation and code is hard to decipher. References to
the Old Testament are made often (i.e. Cain and Abel, the flood), but it is
never made quite clear of what the religious beliefs of the Danes are. The
writer himself is definitely familiar with the Bible, and was probably actually
a monk, but the Danes do not seem to be. This raises the question of whether the
original oral presentations contained the religious references or sub-stories
that the written one does. Obviously the hero of the story does not completely
fit the humble pacifist Christian personality, so it is a reasonable inquiry. As
shown here, part of the reason myths are so fascinating is because of the
questions and speculations they cause to arise about the culture and its ideas
from which the myth evolved. In Episode 3 the phenomenal Beowulf arrives on the

Herot scene to slay Grendel. Beowulf in Beowulf is a very strong individual, so
strong in fact that he rips archrival Grendelís arm cleanly off! This is
impossible of course, for a man to do such thing, physiology doesnít permit
it. Even more unbelievable is Grendel himself. Grendelís "fingers were nails
like steel" (Beowulf Episode 5) and "no battle sword could harm him - he had
enchantment against the edges of weapons" (Beowulf Episode 6). A fantastic
hero and villain is a key to mythology. Why have such an unreal hero? Itís
simple because he is a hero, a role model, and so why not make him as powerful
and super human as desirable. When the story originated, and was thus truthfully
believed, many youngsters probably idolized the mighty Beowulf, and wanted to
equal his valor and courage. It evoked emotional inspiration to conquer evil
with bravery and goodness, a very desirable goal in any culture. Demonstrated in

Episode 4 was some very dramatic language that made the story very compelling
and entertaining. The author uses some vivid imagery and language to describe
the approaching Grendelís character "Came then from the moor under the misty
hills, Grendel stalking under the weight of God\'s anger. That wicked ravager
planned to ensnare many of the race of men in the high hall... When he touched
it with his hands the door gave way at once though its bands were forged in
fire. Intending evil, enraged, he swung the door wide, stood at the building\'s
mouth" (Beowulf Episode 4). Dramatic language and stunning

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