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Unformatted text preview: Beowulf is an impressive-looking man. The reader first encounters him as he disembarks from the ship. The coastal guard points out that he has never seen "a mightier noble, / a larger man" (247–48) even though he has held this watch and seen many warriors come and go. Beowulf is huge and strong. He carries himself with the bearing of a noble leader, a champion. He is a young man, probably in his early twenties. Reputation is one of the major themes of the epic. As the coastal guard first approaches the Geats, he asks about Beowulf's lineage (251) — the same question that a visitor might expect in the Greek epic, The Odyssey, composed some 1,500 years before. Beowulf responds by itemizing his father's accomplishments and reputation. He briefly mentions his king, Hygelac, and his people, the Geats. When Beowulf lists his own accomplishments to Hrothgar (418 ff.), he is respecting custom rather When Beowulf lists his own accomplishments to Hrothgar (418 ff....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.
- Fall '09