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    Christian values have been woven throughout the poem and mixed with Germanic hero values. Secondly, I will explain the long standing debate of whether or not Beowulf can be considered a Christian or pagan epic. I will compare the elegiac themes in the Wanderer and Beowulf and how they were heavily influenced by the Anglo-Saxons. In conclusion, I will discuss how Beowulf is still relevant today. Beowulf is the longest epic poem in Old English, which was the language spoken in Anglo-Saxon…

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    Viking Identity

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    century Germany also witnessed a rebirth of ‘national identity’ spurred by the promotion of a supposed and superior Germanic Aryan race which later was merged with the Germanic concept of the Viking identity. The initial Germanic Viking identity began in 1852, during the initial Viking revival of the 19th century. (Lönnroth 1997: 245) In 1848 Richard Wagners presented the operatic tale Ring des Nibelungen that captured the romantic and mystic tale of the Vikings in a Norse/ Germanic setting.…

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    The Germanic Heroic code displayed in Beowulf tends to value, courage, loyalty, vengeance, hospitality, a natural king, etiquette women, fate and people with good reputation (SparkNotes Editors). These codes traditionally are valued in warrior like societies as a means of comprehending their relationship in the world” (SparkNotes Editors). Living by this code is a constant theme in the epic of Beowulf, author unknown. Beowulf’s structure of three separate parts, each featuring Beowulf and his…

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    Archetype In Beowulf

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    There are many characteristics that describe the ideal Germanic hero. These are pride, desire for glory, and battle prowess. In Beowulf, the title character possesses all of these characteristics and more, thus representing the heroic archetype. Beowulf is an outrageously proud man. He knows that he is great and is extremely delighted by his accomplishments. This is shown when he says, “I drove / Five great giants into chains, chased / All of that race from the earth…” (lines 248-250). This…

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    Influences In Beowulf

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    Germanic and Christian influences in Beowulf ? # 1 Throughout history, many different people from separate cultures end up living together. As a result, religious integration happens and many aspects of the different cultures merge or incorporate each other’s stories. For example, the integration and substitution of many greek deities in Roman myths. A similar integration happened with Germanic and Christian cultures. Beowulf is a Germanic myth written around 750 BCE that was passed down…

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    After the collapse of the Roman Empire in 410 A.D., the Anglo-Saxon Era began in England. Germanic tribes migrated to England and developed a tribal society that revolved mostly around war and agriculture. Tribal society often held traditions of storytelling and gathering in mead-halls to celebrate victories over a neighboring tribe. The first great story about a world-renowned hero is Beowulf. The main character, Beowulf, was a great warrior about whom people passed down spectacular stories of…

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    William The Conqueror

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    “Freeing itself from the ancient phonetic laws” (Bragg 343), the maturing language expanded its vocabulary to reflect the increased permeation of French and Latin, and altered its pronunciation of vowels and consonants. Furthermore, English did away with the use of inflection to communicate grammatical function and word order, along with gender articles for nouns and related words. Nevertheless, English retained its original Germanic sophistication and “remained the first language of the…

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    Proper Kingship In Beowulf

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    Beowulf: A Guide to Proper Kingship Great authoritative figures lead their people in times of good and bad by setting moral examples. In Beowulf, Beowulf serves as an authoritative figure through his youthful heroism. The epic begins by discussing Shild, the first king of Denmark, and how Shild is the basis of what a good king should be. The plot advances to Beowulf, a noble warrior from Geatland, who saves the Danes from Grendel and his mother because Hrothgar, king of the Danes, fails to…

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    bubonic plague. The plague spread through fleas that were on rats on ships that carried cargo being traded. Warfare also weakened Europe as a whole causing it to change to a more rural and less populated place. People such as the Goths, Visigoths, Franks, Lombards, Angles, and Saxons also emerged as the dominant people in terms of literacy instead of the Romans. This is a big change because the Romans viewed those groups of Germanic people as barbarians. Romans also had kings and emperors while…

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    Nationalism and Colonialism in the German Empire Within these two novels, there lies a common theme which aims to further develop and explore the state of the German mindset within the late 18th to early 19th century. One of these themes is the German belief of their racial superiority over all other existing races. The people of the German Empire believed that their racial purity and specific traits made them of a higher standard than those of any other ethnicity. For example, Rash states that…

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