Choose two of the prompts below to complete the Module 1 Writing Assignment, referring to the Literary Analysis Assignment Rubric [PDF]. Literary Analysis Assignment Rubric [PDF]. – Alternative Formats Each answer should be approximately 300-400 words (2/3 to 1 page long). Please copy and paste the writing prompt before each of your responses.
While the epic of Beowulf largely focuses on male characters, the poet does highlight several women in the story (Grendel’s mother, Wealhteow, Modthryth, and Hygd). What is the purpose of these female characters’ inclusion? What aspects of the Germanic warrior lifestyle do they embody?
One cannot read Beowulf without noticing the overwhelming amount of songs, poems, and speeches that break into the narrative. Why is the act of storytelling so important for the warrior society depicted in Beowulf? How do these narrative breaks add to the overall tale?
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