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Beowulf is an epic poem originally told in the Old English between the 8th and 11th centuries. Beowulf study guide contains literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

The poem begins with a brief genealogy of the Danes. Scyld Shefing was the first great king of the Danes, known for his ability to conquer enemies. Scyld becomes the great-grandfather of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes during the events of Beowulf. Hrothgar, like his ancestors before him, is a good king, and he wishes to celebrate his reign by building a grand hall called Heorot. Once the hall is finished, Hrothgar holds a large feast. The revelry attracts the attentions of the monster Grendel, who decides to attack during the night. In the morning, Hrothgar and his thanes discover the bloodshed and mourn the lost warriors. This begins Grendel's assault upon the Danes.

Twelve years pass. Eventually the news of Grendel's aggression on the…

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Posted By stacy h #385020 at Sep 03, 2014 6:19 PM


Posted By stacy h #385020 at Sep 03, 2014 6:21 PM

When Grendel fights Beowulf the reader learns that the monster's "time has come", and he will soon die. What does this idea say about the Danish belief in fate?

Write a paragraph in which you shoe how the belief in destiny influences the thoughts and actions of the characters. Provide several other examples from Beowulf to support your position.

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Posted By emily h #385042 at Sep 03, 2014 8:51 PM