English Literature

posted by Brittany

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.

  1. Writeacher

    How long is your explanation supposed to be? Just one paragraph?

    I would question if you know what all this means. For example --

    What does "larger than life" mean?

    What are some "eternal serious human problems"?

    What "national, religious, and cultural values" does Beowulf represent?

    Etc., etc.

  2. Brittany

    its just worth ten points

    thank you=)

  3. Writeacher

    OK -- you should be fine then.

  4. abigail

    What are the external human problems? Thank you!

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