Beowulf: Facing the Monster Within

Hello, everyone! Welcome to Lesson 4 on Beowulf.

In this lesson we will discuss:

  • Why the most dangerous threat in this poem is NOT the monsters
  • How Beowulf becomes king
  • What dragons mean in Anglo-Saxon poetry and Germanic legend

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Homework

That’s it for this lesson!  Be sure do the following before moving on:

  1. Share your thoughts and questions about this lesson in the comment section below or in the Member Chat section in the sidebar.
  2. Read lines 2510-3182 of Beowulf. Remember to read with a pencil as you go!

Further Reading

If you’d like to study further the ideas we discussed in this lesson, read the essays and introductions in these two books:

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