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There are many basic resources available to study Beowulf.

"The fact is, Unferth, if you were truly
as keen and courageous as you claim to be
Grendel would never have got away with
such unchecked atrocity, attacks on your king,
havoc in Heorot and horrors everywhere." (590-594)

"The fact is, Unferth, if you were truly
as keen and courageous as you claim to be
Grendel would never have got away with
such unchecked atrocity, attacks on your king,
havoc in Heorot and horrors everywhere." (590-594)

When he arrived, Beowulf did not ask the king for either money nor fame.

Next, Beowulf decides to fight Grendel with his bare hands.

Defeating Grendel with his bare hands, Beowulf not only proved his bravery but also his loyalty.

Throughout Beowulf, whenever any great men manage to achieve heroic feats, the narrator will be careful to attribute their prowess to God's favor and divine plan.

Beowulf scores one off of Unferth: Unferth can talk smack about Beowulf's past deeds, but the truth is that Unferth himself doesn't have any great deeds to boast about. Beowulf suggests that Unferth shouldn't go around insulting other warriors' courage until he's done something courageous himself. After all, Unferth never got the better of Grendel, so why should he sneer at Beowulf for trying?

Shmoop breaks down key quotations from Beowulf.

As is mentioned elsewhere in the website, when writing lesson plans, teachers should keep in mind that they are "teaching students" rather than simply"teaching Beowulf" or some other topic.

Beowulf makes an interesting claim early in the poem during his description of his swimming contest with Breca. At other points, the narrator reminds us that God determines everyone's fate. But in this passage, Beowulf claims that, if your fate hasn't been decided yet, you can succeed through sheer nerve and courageous behavior. It will be interesting to see if this attitude works out for him at the end of the poem.

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Beowulf often displays cunning and craftiness in dealing with others.


Beowulf came, he saw, he conquered and destroyed the vile Grendle.

These lays are usually supposed to have been four in number and to have dealt with the following subjects: (1) Beowulf’s fight with Grendel, (2) the fight with Grendel’s mother, (3) Beowulf’s return, (4) the fight with th...

Fearful, Hrothgar seeks Beowulf's help.

The true definition of leader is a man of distinguished valor, based on which it is widely reflected that an ideal protagonist in literature works must possess the traits such as goodness, humbleness, courteousness, and willingness to sacrifice for people.

Unferth loans Beowulf his great sword Hrunting.

To have

such great power to pull an arm from its socket he must be strong. Beowulf

traverses a great distance in order to help a foreign people whom are in the

need of aid. By helping the Danes, Beowulf shows that he posses an elevated

CHAPTER: 6Beowulf announces that he has come to kill Grendel.

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself” (Campbell), which is true for the king in Beowulf, a poem about leadership revealing the fascination of European civilization.

Was the originalBeowulf like that?

Performing prodigies of strength and courage in pursuit of honor the figure of the king in this poem is endowed with the spirit of self-sacrifice and —and is hero who would rather die than yield....

Hygelac rewards Beowulf with treasures and land of his own to rule.

By definition courage is the state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes on ones own will and determination.

Years later, Hygelac dies and Beowulf assumes the crown.

There are many things form the epic that could be used to prove this statement, but I chose to use the section entitled "The Final Battle." In this section there are two great speeches given by both Beowulf and Wiglaf.

CHAPTER 8:Unferth's insult to Beowulf.

The first few lines of Beowulf immediately invoke "courage" as the ultimate form of "greatness." The Spear-Danes are going to be celebrated because of their bravery and heroism before anything else.

Beowulf's reply relating his accomplishments.

Later that night, only Beowulf and his men are left in the mead-hall.

THEN from the moorland, by misty crags,
with God’s wrath laden, Grendel came.
The monster was minded of mankind now

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