Choose one of the following topics for your essay on Beowulf. Essays should be f
Choose one of the following topics for your essay on Beowulf. Essays should be five – six pages and written with proper source citations, in MLA format. You should reference at least two peer-reviewed secondary sources. Include an Introduction with a clearly stated thesis, body paragraphs beginning with well focused topic sentences, and a brief conclusion. Be sure to support your main points with quotations and evidence from the poem.
Agree or disagree with one of the following statements:
Beowulf is steeped in a pagan tradition that depicts the universe as hostile and the forces of death as uncontrollable. Blind fate picks random victims; humans can never be in harmony with the world. Beowulf (the character) can only be seen as a failure. Beowulf is the story of a dual ordeal: an external battle with vicious opponents and an internal battle with human tendencies of pride, greed, cowardice, betrayal, and revenge.
Beowulf represents the blending of pagan and Christian elements. These elements are often incorporated side-by-side in the epic. Describe and explain the placement of these elements including the reader’s acceptance of both.
Beowulf is the universal story of the hero’s journey from youth to adulthood to old age. It charts the growth in wisdom about self and the world gained through the pain and triumph of experience.
The epic Beowulf often digresses to include other tales or stories. Describe two or three of these and relate their significance and relevance to the Beowulf epic as a whole.