Beowulf Cheat Sheet

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1. Weapons serve as the tools that the soldiers must use > to do their job: killing beasts or men without getting > killed. As a artist may be fond of his paintbrush, the > soldiers greatly cherish their weapons. Often a weapon is > valued for its pedigree. The author often interrupts action > to delve into a weapon’s previous owners and its history. > In the introduction, Burton Raffel states, “The important > tools, in this poem, are weapons: proven swords and helmets > are handed down from father to son, like the vital > treasures they were. Swords have personalities, and names: > ” (xi) > Beowulf uses Hrothgar’s helmet and armor to protect > him from serpents’ claws while he descends into the lake to > meet…show more content…
In this passage, > as well as throughout Beowulf the use of weapons showcases > their imporatnce in Anglo-Saxon culture. > 2. Personification gives animals, ideas, or inanimate > objects human characteristics. All of the monsters in > Beowulf display human emotions. Grendel is jealous of the > revelry and happiness at Herot. Later, when he is losing > the battle with Beowulf, the author states that Grendel’s > “mind was flooded with fear.” (753). After Grendel’s death, > his mother mourns, “ She’s brooded on her loss, misery had > brewed in her heart,” (1257-58) It is this sadness that > prods Grendel’s mother to seek revenge against the humans. > The dragon is enraged because of the theft of its jeweled > cup. This causes him to seek revenge by burning down the > homes of the Geats. The author does not solely reserve > personification for the monsters. Hrothgar lectures Beowulf > and tells him a story about a man whose pride “grows in his > heart, planted quietly but flourishing” (1740-41) Later, > Hrothgar will die because “age had stolen his strength” > (1886) > Alliteration is the repetition of consonant or vowel > sounds. Alliteration is most noticeable when spoken aloud. > In the Afterward,(127) Robert P. Creed states, “Poetry was > the proper accompaniment of feasts and celebrations. It was > not only sung “Loud in that hall,” it was also created > aloud in the

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