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Emotions Described in Beowulf

Revenge is a strong motivator in "Beowulf." Who is motivated by revenge in this poem? Is revenge depicted negatively, positively, or ambivalently?

Do the characters in Beowulf appear to be as driven by emotion as characters in those other texts? Who seems motivated by emotion? Which emotions are the most powerful in this text? How is reason, logic, or strategic thinking portrayed?

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Who is motivated by revenge in this poem? Is revenge depicted negatively, positively, or ambivalently?

The differing clans of the era were often motivated by revenge for the past wrongs of the taking of villages and tribes. This was not uncommon in this era.

Grendel is motivated by revenge for the life he is forced to lead. He attacks Heorot because he wants to prove he is worthy of respect. Grendel's mother also attacks Herorot because her son has been killed by Beowulf in the previous attack by Grendel on Heorot. Beowulf is motivated by revenge on a dragon who has destroyed his home, but the dragon has come to the village to get revenge against a slave who stole a cup from him.

I find the revenge in the poem to be ambivalent. It is often considered a right move to get revenge for a transgression. Then in other situations, it is considered ...

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This is a review of Beowulf from the points of view of emotions, logic, reasoning.

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