ORIGINS OF THE EPIC Beowulf is the oldest Anglo-Saxon epic poem beomult ما the identity of its author is unknown and unsure is its date of composition. f but it was probably composed by an author for a Christian audience in Anglo-Saxon England, Babeen thre PLOT the poem follows the hero's defeat of three monsters: band of the Dane, -eruled by lang brothge GRENDEL→ it opens in Denmark. Grendel is an evil monster which has been. terrorising the king's hall for twelve 0 between the 8th & and the with centuries Beowulf, the prince of the Geats, offers to fight Grendel = be succeds in killing the monster by tearing off its claw to strappendagli l'artiglio years GRENDEL'S MOTHER → AS the Danes celebrate, Grendel's mother kills one of the king's man as reveng⇒ so Beowulf find and kills her at the bottom of a lake with magic sword. a misty lake, where she lives → DRAGON → the final part. takes place in Geatland + land of the Greats, in southern 'After 50 years Beowulf become king 7 Sweden, ruled by Hy gelac and later Beowulf he must fight a dragon. that has been attacking his people so he kills the dragon but is fatally wounded / CHARACTERS → the hero: Beowulf is praised for his courage, strength and generosity he put people's life before the poem ends with рет his funeral his one until the end, dying the monsters: 1. man-eating Grendel is a descendant of Cain. he is a being of the night and...
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darkness. has physical appearance is left to the readers.. 2. Grendel's mother doesn't have a name, she look like a women but lives in a fantastic lake filled with sea-d. dragons Her and Grendel's blood have a poison who dissolve swords. spode spute ई0co 3. a winged, fire-breating dragon faced by Beowulf STYLE AND THEMES it has all the typical stylistic features of classical epic poems. We are in a warrior society, where fate and desting rule mon's life. It exalts the bravery of the hero who can stand against fate-loyalty is also much important, in fact Beowulf risk his life to help king Arothger. The poem deals with the eternal conflict between good and evil, and shows Christion valves → God's will is identical to fate