Beowulf: The Firedrake (pp. 36-48).
From The Exeter Book: “The Ruin”, pp. 52-3.
Some questions to consider:
- Does the character of Beowulf ever really develop? How would you compare him to any of the other epic heroes you might have encountered (consider — if you have read the works — Gilgamesh, the Iliad and Odyssey, the Aeneid, or the Song of Roland.)
- Is it necessary that Beowulf die at the end? Why?
- Consider the verse form of Beowulf. Does it strike you as poetic? Unpoetic? Does it seem suitable to the material?
Contents of this page © Copyright 2001, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2020 by Bruce A. McMenomy. Permission to print or reproduce this page is hereby given to members of Scholars Online for purposes of personal study only.