Beowulf Essay Topics

“Beowulf” References

 “Beowulf” is rich in references to Fate, which is described or as a “armor of Creator” and identical to divine intent, or is shown as an independent force. Really, belief in Fate took primary place in before-Christian ideology of Germans. During the battle with Grendel’s mother, Fate as force unites with Fate as divine intent…. View Article

Importance of Identity and Good vs. Evil in the Epic Story Beowulf

The epic story Beowulf narrates the story of the hero named Beowulf and his legendary battle with the monster Grendel and later on, Grendel’s mother who longed for revenge because of the death of her beloved son (Kennedy).  This epic story, along with many other epic stories, has central themes on the importance of identity… View Article


Beowulf shows that he has “larger than life” qualities. No ordinary man can exert the amount of strength that Beowulf did as he lifted the sword made by giants, which was found in Grendel’s lair (_). As Beowulf swims with thirty coats of mail in the battle that Hygelac would soon die in, Beowulf presents… View Article

The Two Burials In Beowulf

The focal point of this essay is to present a clear and original argument in relation to the two burials that begin and end Beowulf. Scyld Scēfing’s burial at sea in lines 24-46, and Beowulf`s burial in lines 2755-2796. It would be evaluated and analyzed the difference of these two funerals and probable reasons behind… View Article

Literary Analysis of the poem Beowulf

Beowulf is considered as one of the longest poems in literature with more than 3,000 lines. It is has no known author, but it was considered as the national epic of England. Beowulf is a man – a hero who faced three major battles in the poem. These battles were not against other humans, but… View Article

The Comitatus Bond

“So now, Beowulf, I adopt you in my heart as a dear son. Nourish and maintain this new connection, you noblest of men. . . (63)”. Beowulf is an epic poem about the adventures, journey and maturation of a young legendary warrior from adolescence to his adulthood as a noble king. He gained his great… View Article

Beowulf Paper

“Time and again, foul things attacked me, lurking and stalking, but I lashed out, gave as good as I got with my sword. My flesh was not for feasting on, there would be no monsters gnawing and gloating over their banquet at the bottom of the sea. Instead, in the morning, mangled and sleeping the… View Article

Beowulf Motifs Paper

In classic literature, one will often see traces of literary devices that enhance the reading fluency as well as entertainment for the reader. Often, the reader will enjoy literature because of the writer’s attention to bring humor, suspense, drama, and many more genres to life. In a narrative a motif is any recurring or consistent… View Article

Beowulf Perseverance

In the poem, Beowulf, perseverance can be perceived as one of the most important factors for the success of the main character. Perseverance can be described in many ways, but the true meaning of the term is commitment. How someone stays committed with a goal or task until glory is reached, all the effort and… View Article

Grendel as a Sympathetic Character

Can you imagine being born and automatically being considered evil? This is what happens to Grendel. Throughout the book everyone’s feelings towards Grendel is that of a bad person or creature. In Grendel my sympathy for Grendel fluctuates. Grendel starts out as a sympathetic character because he is an innocent curious child with a mother… View Article


One of the main reasons we study literature from different cultures and different times is to learn about the people who wrote the stories down. From “Beowulf”, we can speculate on the values, religion and culture of Anglo-Saxon people through the values of allegiance to lord and king, love of glory as the ruling motive… View Article

Qualities of a Hero

In the epic poem Beowulf, one learns about one of the first known great heroes. Although heroes don’t always wear capes or bear superpowers, some people choose to think that these are the only heroes that exist. In truth, heroes are people who do extraordinary things, even in small measures. A hero can be defined… View Article

Pride Cometh Before Fall

Before fighting Grendel, Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon cultured man that seeks “fame through success”, states, “He knows he can trample down you to his heart’s content, humiliate and murder without fear of reprisal. But he will find me different” (Beowulf, lines 599-601). As well as Beowulf, Satan, a fallen angel, pursues his hate against God by… View Article

Beowulf Comparison

Beowulf is a very appealing novel as well as a film. The novel Beowulf and the film have many similarities, but they have more differences then anything. While watching the film I noticed many added parts that were not included in the novel. In the film, Grendel’s arm caught is caught on a rope as… View Article

Grendel’s Monstrosity

Monstrosity is something that is outrageously or offensively wrong, and that is just what Grendel demonstrated in the epic poem, “Beowulf.” Grendel, who is the antagonist in this story, clearly showed he knew what he was doing when he hunted and murdered his prey. He even showed that he enjoyed slaughtering others. Through all this,… View Article

A Tale Of Two Cities vs. Beowulf

When talking about renowned stories and strong characters in literature, there are two names that come up every time, A Tale of Two Cities and Beowulf. Both of these stories can be compared in many ways and in many ways they are extremely different with few similarities. These stories were written centuries apart yet they… View Article

Development of English Lit During Any One Period

Trace the development of English lit during any one period…As part of your discussion highlight how significant events in the influence the writing…Additionally show how characteristics of the genre the writer uses reflects the period in which it was written. James Arthur Baldwin once stated that: “know from whence you came. If you know whence… View Article

Compare and Contrast Beowulf Book and Movie

In the movie and poem Beowulf there were many differences and similarities that stood out to me. Usually when a book or poem gets made into a movie there are many differences and similarities. This is why I was not surprised that Beowulf the movie was no true to the original poem. I enjoyed the… View Article

Beowulf: An Epic Hero

“I resolved when I set out on the sea, sat down in the sea- boat with my band of men, which should altogether fulfill the will of your people or else fall in slaughter, fast in the foe’s grasp. I shall achieve a deed of manly courage or else have lived to see in this… View Article

Virtue and Beowulf

Directions: Create a thoughtful, organized, and well-developed essay response to one of the following prompts. Treat your response seriously, and make sure that your response highlights your analytical skills as well as a critical understanding of the poem. You must include compelling details from the poem to support your conclusions. 1. Many critics and teachers… View Article

Virtue and Epic

Beowulf, the Anglo Saxon tale of a hero’s great courage, is an example of the epic form of literature. An epic is a long narrative poem that celebrates a hero’s deeds. Beowulf takes place on the European mainland, among two tribes which were the Danes and the Geats. The Geat warrior, Beowulf, crosses the sea… View Article

Beowulf Questions

1. Realize that this prologue introduces the Danes, not Beowulf or his people the Geats. What was unusual about the way Shield came to be ruler of the Danes? What was his funeral like? What relation is Hrothgar to Shield? Unlike Hrothgar, Shield became king because he had the ability to take down the enemies…. View Article

Beowul, Hygelac & Hrothgar

The Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf contains accounts of several powerful men, the three most important ones being Beowulf, Hrothgar and Hygelac. Hygelac, king of the Geats, is Beowulf’s uncle. Beowulf is, therefore, both Hygelac’s nephew and his thane. He comes to aid Hrothgar, king of Denmark, when the latter is experiencing difficulties that have the power… View Article

Christianity vs. Pagan Beliefs in Beowulf

Although there are many examples of Pagan beliefs in the poem Beowulf, the poem points more toward a Christian influence and meaning. Beowulf is seen as a God to the Geat people, and they turn to the Almighty to save them from evil. Grendel is portrayed as a “monster of Cain” and lives underground. He… View Article

An Epic Hero: Beowulf

Beowulf is an epic from the Anglo-Saxon period about a hero who takes on extreme challenges. The main character, Beowulf, embodies the virtues of the Anglo-Saxon culture and beliefs. He also embodies the traits of the Anglo-Saxon society: strength, bravery, honor, and the want and need to help others around them. Beowulf is faithful to… View Article

Hamlet vs. Beowulf

How do the protagonists from Beowulf and Hamlet compare? Though both play a major role in an epic story, they share a few common viewpoints. The outcome of both stories is greatly influenced by the main character’s struggles in life. The situations that occur throughout these stories also impact the narratives. In addition, the various… View Article

Beowulf Question

8) Does the Green Knight play by the rules of courtesy? Is he ultimately a negative or a positive figure? The Green Knight plays by the rules of courtesy. The Green Knight keeps to his word and is loyal, which is a big aspect to keeping with the rules of courtesy. He shows this when… View Article

Good vs. Evil

Beowulf is a long narrative between good and evil. Throughout Beowulf, it was shown that two opposites could not peacefully live. Beowulf is divided into three parts, each centers around Beowulf fight with a particular monster: first Grendel, then Grendel’s Mother, and last the Dragon. Each monster presents a specific moral challenge. Beowulfs fight with… View Article

Good and Evil and Beowulf

Beowulf is the most famous epic of the Anglo-Saxon period. This is a story of an epic hero who fights against the most sinister monsters known to man. Beowulf and Grendel are the main characters of this tale; they are the perfect example of good versus evil, light versus dark, and hero versus villain. Beowulf… View Article

Good vs. Evil

Review of Knowledge- NR 291 Chapters 2-7, 36 & 37; Part 1 Chapter 2: Pharmacologic Principles “Any chemical that affects the physiologic processes of a living organism can broadly be defined as a drug. The study or science of drugs is known as pharmacology. Without understanding basic pharmacologic principles, the nurse cannot fully appreciate the… View Article