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1. What is Hrothgar’s attitude at the opening of this section? What words in the text support your answer? (Provide line numbers.) 2. Describe the character of Beowulf and copy details from the text. Direct characterization occurs when the author specifically reveals traits about the character in a direct, straightforward manner. Indirect characterization is the process by which the writer shows the character's personality through speech, actions and appearance. The first one has been done for you. a. Direct characterization: Beowulf … “was loved by the Geats” (line 118) Analysis: Beowulf … is respected and admired by his people. b. Direct characterization: Beowulf … Analysis: Beowulf c. Indirect characterization: Beowulf … Analysis: Beowulf d. Indirect characterization: Beowulf … Analysis: Beowulf 3. Why did Beowulf’s kinsmen urge him to go? 4. One key characteristic of Anglo-Saxon literature is that it blends both pagan and Christian traditions. Provide evidence of this duality from the text.

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