English 201 - Beowulf 3

English 201 - Beowulf 3 - I. Monsters in Beowulf A. monster...

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I. Monsters in Beowulf A. monster 1. a being defined by its defiance of classification; usually escapes and leaves only inconclusive evidence of its presence 2. a being whose excessive pride leads to punishment (common use in medieval literature) B. Monsters referenced in the poem Grendel 86, 115…, 380 Sea-monsters killed by Beowulf in swimming contest 546-575 both Grendel-monsters 1342-1373 Grendel’s mother –1273-1315, 1330-5, 1497-1528, 2116 Monsters around sea-lair of Grendel’s mother – 1422 Dragon 2207, 2289…, 2312… A. Some possible interpretations: 1. Grendel is an embodiment of the fratricide that may occur due to the Danes’ surplus of heirs to the throne because he is an outcast from society, he has come back to punish those in favor the same may happen between the sons the Hrothgar references to Grendel as descendent of Cain ties him to fratricide 2. The Dragon is an embodiment of the future fate of the Geats that will result from their lack of heirs
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English 201 - Beowulf 3 - I. Monsters in Beowulf A. monster...

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