Beowulf

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CliffsNotes on Beowulf takes you into the epic story of warriors and strange beasts. Beowulf is considered to be the longest and greatest surviving Anglo-Saxon poem. Some see it as an early celebration ...

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Overview

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also features glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

CliffsNotes on Beowulf takes you into the epic story of warriors and strange beasts. Beowulf is considered to be the longest and greatest surviving Anglo-Saxon poem. Some see it as an early celebration of Christianity. Others think it extols – or perhaps condemns – heroic values.

Step into this epic poem and get ready for sword fights, feasts, and treasures. With this study guide, you’ll be able to follow all of the action as you consider the artistic impact of the work. You'll also gain insight into the characteristics of the unknown poet and the manuscript itself. Other features that help you study include

  •  Character analyses of major players
  • A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters
  • Critical essays
  • A review section that tests your knowledge
  • A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites

Classic literature or modern modern-day treasure — you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611066906
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Series: Cliffs Notes Series , #0
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley P. Baldwin is a writer and teacher in Nebraska.

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Table of Contents

Life and Background of the Poet 1
The Beowulf Poet 2
The Manuscript 3
Introduction to Beowulf 5
Introduction 6
A Brief Synopsis 10
List of Characters 12
Character Map 15
Beowulf Geography 16
Critical Commentaries 17
Lines 1-193 18
Lines 194-606 22
Lines 607-836 26
Lines 837-1062 30
Lines 1063-1250 33
Lines 1251-1491 36
Lines 1492-1650 39
Lines 1651-1887 42
Lines 1888-2199 45
Lines 2200-2400 49
Lines 2401-2630 53
Lines 2631-2820 56
Lines 2821-3182 59
Character Analyses 62
Beowulf 63
Wiglaf 66
Grendel 67
Grendel's Mother 68
Hrothgar 68
Unferth 69
Wealhtheow 70
Critical Essays 71
Major Themes 72
Major Symbols 76
CliffsNotes Review 79
CliffsNotes Resource Center 82
Index 86
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