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Posted by Brittany on Monday, September 6, 2010 at 7:21pm.

Question: Explain why Beowulf is an epic poem and why Beowulf is an epic hero


This is what i have: Beowulf is a national epic or a long narrative poem. It involves a hero, Beowulf, who is larger than life. The poem concerns eternal serious human problems. Beowulf represents national, religious, and cultural values. It also involves the ideals of loyalty, valor, unselfishness, and a sense of justice. Beowulf is good vs. evil. It is a blend of christion ethics and pagan morality. It is deeply idealitstic. The use of literary devices lik alliteration, caesura, and kennings add to it. These are just some reasons why it is an epic poem. It deals with things of today that people can relate to. Beowulf is an epic hero bcause he represents peoples values. He is fighting for his people's safety.

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