Role of Women in Beowulf


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In the epic poem Beowulf, why should women not be taken lightly?

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1. In Beowulf, why is Hildeburh considered a peaceweaver?

2. In the beginning of Beowulf, why does Wealhtheow serve Beowulf last?

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The quiz and worksheet are tools that gauge your understanding of the role of women in Beowulf. Some characters that are on the quiz include Grendel's mother and Wealhtheow.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Using our educational resources helps you review:

  • Why Grendel's mother is not a typical hostess
  • Characteristics of Grendel's mother
  • Why women shouldn't be taken lightly according to Beowulf
  • The reason for Hildeburh being considered a peaceweaver

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  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Grendel's mother
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about Hildeburh being a peaceweaver
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  • The dangers of Grendel's mother
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