Allegory in Beowulf


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The piece of literature entitled 'Beowulf' is known as an epic poem. What is an epic poem?

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1. Many pieces of literature, like The Wizard of Oz and Beowulf, are said to be allegorical. What does the word allegory mean?

2. Beowulf was first passed down in the oral tradition. What does the phrase oral tradition refer to?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How does the author use allegories in Beowulf? You can check your knowledge of this literary tool and its purpose for this poem by using the quiz and worksheet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these materials to check your knowledge of:

  • Grendel and his mother's allegorical representation of Christianity
  • Who Beowulf represents in this poem based on Christian allegories
  • What an epic poem is
  • The meaning of oral tradition
  • Definition of allegory

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as allegory and oral tradition
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about epic poems
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important details from the lesson on allegories in Beowulf

Additional Learning

If you would like to get a better idea of what allegories are, use the lesson titled Allegory in Beowulf. Some other topics you can look at include:

  • Characteristics of Beowulf
  • Obstacles that Beowulf must face
  • Why allegories are used in this poem