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  • Essay on Comparing the Heroes in The Dream of the Rood and Beowulf

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    render Christ as a figure of pathos, in order to further Christ's identification with the other glorious warriors Anglo-Saxon poems.             When a hero meets his death, for example, he is usually surrounded by faithful retainers (as is Byrhtnoth) or at least one steadfast companion, such as Beowulf's Wiglaf. The gospel clearly states that Jesus died ignobly, in the most humiliating fashion possible, and that his disciples kept themselves from Golgotha

  • Exploring The Anglo-Saxon Hero

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    it now becomes easy to answer – we can say Odysseus, as he didn’t just assist in the victory at Troy, but fought the gods with his longing for his home; or Beowulf, who fought of the terrible monsters in Hrothgar’s kingdom as well as his own; or Byrhtnoth, who died while defending the land he loved. Clearly, it is easy to list off the heroes in these ancient poems. However, why is this so, why can we so easily identify heroes without consciously recognizing the clues that lead us to those conclusions

  • An Analysis Of The Song Of Roland

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    two themes that were depicted were both courage and Christianity. “The Battle of Maldon” was a poem describing a conflict between the English and Vikings. The Vikings were attempting to make peace with the English but the leader who is known as Byrhtnoth refuses the offer and in turn decided to go to battle with the Vikings. The same two themes were depicted and will be further explained. Both poems were influenced by courage and Christianity. The Song of Roland is a poem that begins with both

  • The King of Kings

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    In the Bible, Jesus Christ, the embodiment of the Christian God is described as the “King of Kings”. Christians since before the dream of Constantine have believed God and Christ constitute a ruler of the universe. Anglo-Saxon society perceived the Christian God in the mold of the pre-Christian Germanic tradition of kingship. The Anglo-Saxon perception of God as a king in the Germanic tradition has tremendous significance on late Anglo-Saxon politics. The inclusion of the Christian deity in the leadership

  • Shield In Riddle 5 Essay

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    The shield in Riddle 5 is written in colloquial register that instantly demonstrates the shield’s purpose. The riddle itself plays with several aspects of the shields identity; it is a heroic object, used vigorously in battles, but at the same time it’s strict defensive nature downgrades its ‘glamourous’ title of being an active attacking weapon, to a mere object that is essentially attacked until it can no longer be used (Mccavell, October 2015). It can be said that the sword is personified to be

  • Discuss Milton’s presentation of Satan in Paradise Lost Essay

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    Discuss Milton’s presentation of Satan in Paradise Lost There has been considerable critical interest in the figure of Satan in Paradise Lost, and in the possibility that he may be the true hero of the epic poem. The opening of the poem finds Milton in a tough spot: writing an epic poem without an epic hero in sight. In order to achieve a rationally balanced poem, he wants to let the first half rise from Hell through Chaos and towards Heaven, thereby balancing the fall of humankind in the

  • Essay on The Cost of Redemption in the Lord of the Rings

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    The Cost of Redemption in the Lord of the Rings The struggle between good and evil is an ever present theme of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The struggle exists in all of Middle-earth, as the followers of Sauron wage war against the realms of free men and their allies, as well as in individual characters. Boromir, a tragic hero of Tolkien’s work has essentially good qualities marred by his corrupt desires for power and the Ring. The character of Gollum has an on-going internal struggle between

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