English 205:
Discussion Question 1

Beowulf

Directions: After reading the lecture, answer one of the two questions below. This answer is due no later than Thursday, Feb. 15.

Your responses to other students' answers are due by midnight on Sunday, Feb. 18. Remember: in order to get the full 20 points, you MUST respond thoughtfully to at least 2 other people's postings.

This set of discussion questions is worth a possible 20 points. Late answers receive 0 points, so post early :)

We will be using the Canvas Discussion Board for this class. Click on the link below to get to the Canvas portal, sign in, and then click on the box for this class. You will find the "Discussions" link on the left side of the screen:

Discussion Board


Just answer one of the following questions.

1. Does the poet who wrote Beowulf intend us to think of Grendel and his mother as evil? Explain why you think he does or does not, using evidence from the story. Do you think of Grendel and his mother as evil?

2. Do any of the themes from Beowulf--the sacredness of vows, courage, fame, the Heroic Ideal, for example--appear in movies or television shows we see today? If so, have the concepts changed at all? Give specific examples to support your statements.


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