Annotated Bibliography

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Abbi Porter Professor Byock English 110 – College Writing 21 October 2016 Annotated Bibliography Topic question: What do scholars believe the monsters in Beowulf may symbolize, exist for, and what have we yet to learn about their part in the tale? Asma, Stephen T. On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears . N.p.: Oxford UP, 2009. Print. Asma’s On Monsters talks about how evil beings symbolize our fears. He continues his argument, by giving examples from different eras, inferencing that from the monsters in their tales, we can retrieve the fears of that time-period. Asma specifies further on monsters not only representing our qualms but how we fight them also signifying how we face our fears. He is a distinguished scholarly Professor at Columbia College Chicago. Asma reasons an exceptional point to the meaning behind monsters as he has written many philosophical books for years now. He not only dives into the beasts of myth but of reality as well. Grendel being one, he perhaps is not being a monster at all but a misjudged exile. Stephen Asma’s dispute proves to be significant for what scholars believe the meaning of monsters in literature because it displays an overall idea of what monsters have symbolized in tales over time. Not only during Beowulf ’s time but many years prior and thereafter. Bailey, Ashlee. "Monsters: Classic to Contemporary Symbols." Culture Society and Praxis 7.1 (2008): 8-12. Web. 1
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In this scholarly journal, Bailey covers the perspective of monsters connecting to fear; expanding on how monsters are real to our minds but having come from our imagination as children. Our minds created these monsters out of personifying our fears such as bottled-up emotions. These creatures of myth have been portrayed to be uncontrollable, bouncing that off the idea that these repressed thoughts we have might explode overpoweringly. Bailey used numerous sources to put together her research on the association amongst monsters and these uncertainties our minds hold. Comparable to Asma’s book, Bailey’s concept shows the general symbolism to monsters in our history of literature, movies, etc. She indicates how Grendel, his mother, and the Dragon of Beowulf are great cases of the connection between our growth and our monsters’ strength. Beowulf has his three fights and as he grew in age and strength, as did his challenges to protect his clan. Barnes, Daniel R. "Folktale Morphology and the Structure of Beowulf." Speculum 45.3 (1970): 416-34. Web. Beowulf is like any act or play. There is the hero who steps in to save the day in some way or another and there is the villain who must partake simply to help improve the image of the hero. The characters in Beowulf are just that. The beasts are characters of the story to bring the action to the plot. These monsters attack the Geats causing terror that spreads the word across oceans to Beowulf in Denmark. He kills Grendel for them and many after, later becoming king. Barnes interprets the story as that of the monsters only being necessary for the sake Beowulf. Beowulf
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