Epic poetry

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  • Literary Criticism Of Faust By Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

    Despite the convoluted plot and philosophies, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe introduces a single theme around the capacity and limitations of a man who, under a tailored philosophy of a hero, flunks miserably! A hero is someone that humanity idolizes as a god, like Superman to Metropolis, and model themselves to, like humanity to God. Someone who can be esteemed by the masses as an individual of divine morality and strength, an individual that never forfeits their beliefs under any strain. Therefore…

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  • Essay On Hero In Sir Gawain And Beowulf

    What is a Hero? What is a hero? Is it a dragon-slayer or a person with super powers? Most people would think so, but a true hero is one that displays courage, leadership and honor. Courage means, “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). A leader is “The person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Honor is “A good name” or “to respect” (Merriam-Webster…

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  • Courage In Sir Gawain And The Green Knight

    Throughout the Middle English chivalric romance poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Alan Markman describes the protagonist as “the very best knight who sums up…the very best traits of all knights who ever lived” (Markman 576), due to his courageous reputation during the Arthurian period. However, Victoria Weiss disagrees with Markman’s statement, commenting that Gawain’s courage in the poem is viewed as “a lack of concern for human life” (Weiss 363). For the purposes of this study, medieval…

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  • The Epic Poem Of Beowulf

    one’s head. The epic poem of Beowulf captures the mind like one is watching the battle from the sidelines. It brings the audience in, and the amazing thing about the poem is that for the longest time these poems were not written down. Instead they were memorized and sung for the people, until monks finally learned to write. These monks not only wrote down the original poems, but some of them added a little twist of their own to reflect more on the beliefs of Christianity. An epic hero is a…

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  • Theogony Vs Iliad

    Luc Ferry’s The Wisdom of Myths, and Homer’s The Iliad are two extraordinary works of literature when it comes to tales of Greek mythology. The first gives a unique account of the birth of the universe following Hesiod's Theogony, starting at chaos and ending with order in the cosmos; while the later incorporates many detailed and unique characters and motifs that all help contribute into shaping the poem into something much more elegant than just a recollection of a war. The two works also…

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  • Double Entendre In The Wife Of Bath's Tale

    Some of the earliest double entendres are found in the Exeter Book, or Codex exoniensis, at Exeter Cathedral in England. The book was copied around 975 AD. In addition to the various poems and stories found in the book, there are also numerous riddles. The Anglo-Saxons did not reveal the answers to the riddles, but they have been answered by scholars over the years. Some riddles were double-entendres, such as Riddle 25 ("I am a wondrous creature: to women a thing of joyful expectation, to…

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  • King Arthur Mordred's Villains

    Villains are an important asset to stories modern and old: Poseidon in The Odyssey, Iago in Othello, Moriarty in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and Loki in The Avengers. These all are villains that play an important role in their respective plots. In the widely acknowledged legends of King Arthur, there are several apparent villains throughout the stories. The most well-known villain is the killer of King Arthur, Sir Mordred. According to Daniel Haybron’s article, “Evil Characters”, villains…

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  • Triumph In Beowulf

    All humans beings have a desire to see triumph in a story, namely, the triumph of good over evil. In some epic poems such as Beowulf, one can see this clear need for triumph demonstrated by the hero of the story Beowulf, where the hero comes in to save the day and provide a triumph in the name of good. While in some literature this theme is not present, there are often similar scenarios where such a theme works its way into the story. Such a theme usually presents itself in the form of a triumph…

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  • The Epic Of Beowulf

    Beowulf is an epic poem that was originally written in Anglo-Saxon between 700-1000 A.D. in England. The main action of the story is set around 500 A.D., but the narrative also recounts historical events that happened much earlier. Beowulf takes place in Denmark and Geatland (a region in what is now southern Sweden). The author is unknown. The narrarator of the poem is a Christian telling a story of pagan times. The scribe who first wrote the poem down was a Christian, but the characters in…

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  • Beowulf's Humility Analysis

    Beowulf’s humility makes him a beloved member and ruler of the Geat dynasty; he never sinks to anyone’s level and he only brags slightly when making a formal boast, which everyone expects epic heroes to do. At the beginning of the epic when he reaches Hrothgar’s country and the Danes welcome the Geats, Beowulf meets a man named Unferth. Envious of Beowulf and his high regard, he brings up a tale from the past about Beowulf concerning a swimming contest, however he twists his words in order to…

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