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Beowulf

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1. What observations can we make about Beowulf? For instance, you may want to note what makes Beowulf a heroic figure.
2. Would this character seem heroic in the other cultures we've studied? Why or why not?
3. What about the apparent abundance of boasting?
4. Do we read this differently as modern people than would the contemporaries of the original story?

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