Beowulf is the oldest recorded Saxon (specifically Danish,) epic.It chronicles the quest of the hero into strange and foreboding lands in his quest to save the common people through cunning and courage.This theme of salvation through glorious sacrifice is repeated throughout the work.
Find one passage from pp. 36-58 of the textbook in which the poem encodes the theme in an image, a statement, or a plot event. Reference the chosen passage by line number and a brief quotation.
As recognition of the great story of this hero and an indication of the universal appeal of this epic, identify one other quest story from any culture and describe the hero’s quest in that story. What echoes of Beowulf are apparent in the story you have chosen to describe? (You may use film or literature for your reference.)
Greenblatt, S., et al. (Eds.) (2012). The Norton anthology of English literature (9th ed., Vol.1). New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.