Ch 4: Beowulf Literary Analysis

About This Chapter

The ''Beowulf'' Literary Analysis chapter of this ''Beowulf'' Study Guide course is the most efficient way to analyze the literary aspects of this poem. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential literary facets of ''Beowulf.''

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  • Watch each video in the chapter to review all key topics.
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  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Beowulf Literary Analysis chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about a literary analysis of Beowulf for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • The portrayal of loyalty, courage, and bravery in Beowulf
  • An analysis of fate within the story
  • Beowulf and the use of boasting and kennings
  • Religion in Beowulf, including Christianity and Paganism
  • The concept of revenge
  • The battle between good and evil as conveyed in Beowulf
  • What position women held in the story
  • Wyrd, wergild, and the heroic code of Beowulf
  • The meaning of comitatus

22 Lessons in Chapter 4: Beowulf Literary Analysis
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Beowulf Literary Criticism & Critical Analysis

1. Beowulf Literary Criticism & Critical Analysis

The history of literary criticism and analysis of 'Beowulf' is heavily influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien, who convinced scholars to view it not just as a historical document but as a great work of literature.

Universal Themes in Beowulf

2. Universal Themes in Beowulf

This lesson examines universal themes within the epic poem, 'Beowulf.' This timeless piece of literature is still a favorite for examining core ideas found throughout literature. Read the lesson, and then test yourself with the quiz!

Epic Conventions in Beowulf

3. Epic Conventions in Beowulf

Epic conventions are features that are found in multiple epics and are therefore considered to characterize the genre. In this lesson, learn about how epic conventions play a role in 'Beowulf.'

Anglo-Saxon Values & Culture in Beowulf

4. Anglo-Saxon Values & Culture in Beowulf

The Anglo-Saxon Heroic Code was the cornerstone of life for warriors living in the time depicted in the epic poem ''Beowulf''. The core values of the Heroic Code can be seen clearly in the poem. Learn about some of them in this lesson.

Loyalty in Beowulf

5. Loyalty in Beowulf

As a character, Beowulf is motivated more by loyalty than he is by fortune or honor. We will see how his loyalty serves him as we looks at this quality in a upstanding man.

Courage & Bravery in Beowulf

6. Courage & Bravery in Beowulf

In the epic poem 'Beowulf', courage is the single most important characteristic of a warrior. We will explore why this is true in the context of the poem, as well as some of the ways courage is highlighted in the narrative.

Fate in Beowulf: Examples & Analysis

7. Fate in Beowulf: Examples & Analysis

In this lesson, explore the role of fate in the story of Beowulf's battle against two monsters and a dragon. Discover how Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon hero, responds to fate by behaving nobly.

Boasting in Beowulf

8. Boasting in Beowulf

Beowulf, the hero of the Old English epic by the same name, is a boaster. But that might not mean exactly what you think it does. This article explains the importance of boasting in Beowulf and gives examples.

Kennings in Beowulf: Examples

9. Kennings in Beowulf: Examples

This lesson shows you examples of kennings, or metaphorical phrases, in the Old English epic poem 'Beowulf.' After this lesson, you'll understand what a kenning is, the purpose of a kenning, and examples of kennings in 'Beowulf.'

Paganism in Beowulf: Examples & Analysis

10. Paganism in Beowulf: Examples & Analysis

'Beowulf' is an epic poem written in the Medieval period. It depicts an ancient culture through a hero narrative and includes numerous mentions of pagan practices performed by the characters in the poem. Learn about some of them in this lesson.

Christianity in Beowulf: Themes & Examples

11. Christianity in Beowulf: Themes & Examples

In this lesson, we'll examine Christianity in 'Beowulf.' We'll explain how the culture of this time period affects Christianity in the poem, and we'll look at specific examples of Christian concepts that are present.

Religion in Beowulf

12. Religion in Beowulf

The topic of religion in Beowulf is a fraught one. Christianity and Paganism appear side by side in the poem; the relationship of these apparently incompatible belief systems to each other has inspired a great deal of scholarship.

Revenge in Beowulf

13. Revenge in Beowulf

Revenge plays a major role in Beowulf. From the beginning to the end, this poem is all about avenging something, or someone. We will look at revenge from the point of view of the main characters to see what motivates them.

Biblical Allusions in Beowulf

14. Biblical Allusions in Beowulf

The epic poem 'Beowulf' contains allusions to several Biblical stories, including Cain and Abel, the death of Christ, the ten commandments, and the story of the great flood. We'll identify these allusions and explain how they function in the poem.

Role of Women in Beowulf

15. Role of Women in Beowulf

'Beowulf' is an epic poem that focuses on the heroic male, but it would be remiss to overlook the women who play important roles as peacemakers and entertainers, as well as work to contradict social expectations.

Good vs. Evil in Beowulf

16. Good vs. Evil in Beowulf

Beowulf is a hero and the embodiment of good. But good cannot exist alone, and there is not one but three villains or embodiments of evil in the poem 'Beowulf.' In this lesson, we'll take a look at the good versus evil aspects of this epic poem.

Wyrd in Beowulf

17. Wyrd in Beowulf

Wyrd is an important concept in ''Beowulf,'' and also the subject of much debate. Sometimes translated as 'fate,' the concept of wyrd is often discussed in connection with Christian and pagan belief systems in ''Beowulf.''

Wergild in Beowulf

18. Wergild in Beowulf

The custom of wergild, using payment to compensate for injury or death, was important in medieval society and plays a role in 'Beowulf.' Read this lesson to understand more about the importance of wergild.

Comitatus in Beowulf: Meaning & Examples

19. Comitatus in Beowulf: Meaning & Examples

In Anglo-Saxon literature, comitatus is a term used to describe a mutually beneficial relationship between noblemen and landholders. In this lesson, we will discuss the importance of a comitatus in 'Beowulf.'

The Heroic Code in Beowulf

20. The Heroic Code in Beowulf

The idea of how a hero should behave has been a feature of a number of cultures. Read this lesson to learn more about the heroic code as exemplified in the Middle Ages by the poem 'Beowulf.'

Beowulf Vocabulary Flashcards

Beowulf Vocabulary Flashcards

Are you having trouble understanding what the epic poem, 'Beowulf,' is trying to say? Enhance your understanding of some of the challenging words and their definitions with these flashcards.

Beowulf Flashcards

Beowulf Flashcards

This flashcard set will review the major events and characters in the epic poem, Beowulf. Review terms, setting, characters, and major events of this epic poem in this set.

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