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