Epic poetry

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  • Loyalty And Perseverance In The Odyssey

    What makes a man? For as long as history can date back, a man has been viewed as a powerful figure in society who had to get things done, especially for his family. Loyalty, by definition, is the quality of being loyal to someone or something and perseverance, by definition is steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. In The Odyssey, Homer displays these two traits repeatedly throughout the story as the two main male characters progress and attempt to…

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  • Depravity In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

    "Men! The only animal in the world to fear" (Lawrence). This quote is talking about how the most dangerous and capable animal in this world is man himself. Without the restraints and expectations of society, man is capable of anything. Conrad illustrates these negative effects that result from taking man out of his environment in his novel Heart of Darkness. He shows that man has the ability to adapt to to new civilizations, however it may not be beneficial. In Conrad's novel, he uses the…

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  • Charles Perrault's Little Red Riding Hood

    Little Red Riding Hood has been told and fluctuated around for hundreds of years through many generations. It can be traced as far back as the 10th century in European folktale. Although, the best known versions were written by Charles Perrault and Brothers Grimm in the 17th and 18th century, the story has changed significantly in many ways since. Depending on versions the people in the tale can vary such as in the French version it is a woodcutter that comes in and saves Red and her grandmother…

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  • Speaking Of Courage By Tim O Brien: Character Analysis

    Human Rather Than a Character The first thing that comes to mind while thinking about a soldier is a man wearing clean uniform with glittering gold badges. This man is courageous, fearless; he can run through mud while it’s raining, go into dark tunnels without having any fear. From this hypothetical soldier’s face, it can be understood that he is proud of serving his country and protecting the weak. This man who would do anything to save his compatriots, fights dauntlessly in the war zone, when…

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  • Star-Touch Queen Critique

    I have read many books in the 16 years I have been alive. However, no book has fulfilled me more than Roshani Chokshi’s extraordinary book The Star-Touched Queen. The Star-Touched Queen is a book written in magnificent prose, which retells the story of Hades and Persephone with Hindu mythology. It has been nominated for an award and has been reviewed positively by many. The Star-Touched Queen is an excellent fairytale story for those who are tired of the same Disney-esque fantasy stories with no…

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  • Conflicts In The Epic Poem 'Beowulf'

    Beowulf Beowulf is an epic poem that revolves around several battles between Beowulf, Grendel, Grendel’s mother and a dragon. Beowulf is an epic hero that is subjected to fate and cannot escape his mortality. He is the leader of the Geats and is characterized as a mighty, powerful, and bold warrior. He also becomes fearful of death towards the end and is worried when encountering certain battles. With this in mind, he displays these characteristics several times throughout the poem by resolving…

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  • Beowulf And Everym Poem Analysis

    In the epic poem Beowulf and the play Everyman the main characters’ actions, behaviors, character traits, and values are what bring the characters to the point in their lives that are written about. These traits make for two vastly different main characters; however, their overall drive and faith bring them to the same fate in the end. Beowulf being about a strong, brave, and faithful leader in the Anglo-Saxon period and Everyman being about a man who lived his life they way he wanted in the…

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  • The Tragic Hero In Homer's From The Odyssey

    Many things can define a hero: bravery, cleverness, skills, strengths, and so much more. In Homer’s “From the Odyssey,” heroic actions are demonstrated in many ways. “From the Odyssey” is about a greek human by the name of Odysseus. Odysseus is a well known king from the kingdom of Ithaca. Throughout the blossoming of Odysseus being discovered, he does some pretty controversial things on his journey back home to Ithaca. At the same time, however, his actions demonstrated that overall he is…

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  • Anglo Saxon Culture In Beowulf

    Anglo-Saxon Culture Found in Beowulf and Present Day Beowulf is the oldest epic in the English language and provides substantial evidence on many early Anglo-Saxon cultural beliefs. The story is filled with numerous examples of values and views of people during this time. Although the majority of these aspects are based around heroic deeds, battle, or loyalty to a royal leader, some of them can still be found in present-day society. Beliefs such as memento mori, wyrd, and comitatus shaped…

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  • An Analysis Of Beowulf As An Epic Hero

    It is easy to see how Beowulf classifies as an epic hero, as his story in Beowulf, edited by M. A. Roberts, clearly follows the hero cycle. He possesses all the classic traits of a hero, including strength, bravery, determination, and loyalty. Beowulf receives his call to action when news of the monster Grendel terrorizing a nearby kingdom reaches him. He vanquishes Grendel, then kills Grendel’s mother as well. He uses legendary swords and faces mythical beasts. He defeats his final opponent,…

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