Beowulf relies heavily on using characters to express itself as cultural value and symbolism to show the significant concept of the poem; this is done through using creativity, resilience, bravery and perseverance.
Beowulf’s character exemplifies the Germanic and the Anglo-Saxon ideals of the hero: strong, fearless, bold, loyal, and stoic in the acceptance of fate.
The British Library is currently engaged in a project to establish a full image archive relating to the transmission down the ages of one of the earliest known Anglo-Saxon poems: Beowulf (thought by some to have been written in the eighth century AD, and rife with fighting, slaying and mythical monsters), as part of its commitment to increase access to its collections, b...
—. “Some Norfolk Women and Their Books.” The Cultural Patronage of Medieval Women. ed. June Hall McCash. Athens: Univ. of Georgia Press, 1996. 288-305.
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Erler, Mary. Women, Reading, and Piety in Late Medieval England. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2002. [This study is especially interesting for the detailed descriptions it gives of women and the reading communities they belonged to. Since many of the women she describes are orthodox, this book also illustrates the range of belief and practice along the continuum from orthodox to heterodox. Lollardy appears in the circle of readers around Margery de Nerford. One of her books included a copy of a glossed Psalter, apparently Rolle’s English commentary, and her relations included Sir John de Cobham, whose granddaughter Joan married John Oldcastle (ch. 2). Chapter 5 describes the book reading and ownership circles around the anchoress Katherine Mann and Abbess Elizabeth Throckmorton in the 1520s, both of whom owned the writings of Tyndale, the former receiving her copy of the Obedience of a Christian Man from Thomas Bilney.]
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—. “Why Women Can’t Read: Medieval Hermeneutics, Statutory Law, and the Lollard Heresy.” Representing Women: Law, Literature, and Feminism. Ed. Susan Heinzelman and Zipporah Wiseman. Durham, NC: Duke Univ. Press, 1994. 253-86
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Grendel arises in the reader's mind as a creäture with a type of putrid-breath, in the darkness, a terror of impact with hard-boned and immeasurably sturdy humanoid build (Heaney, Beowulf).