Beowulf | Critical Essay by Stanley B. Greenfield

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This literature criticism consists of approximately 23 pages of analysis & critique of Beowulf.
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Critical Essay by Stanley B. Greenfield

SOURCE: “Beowulf and the Judgement of the Righteous,” in Learning and Literature in Anglo-Saxon England, edited by Michael Lapidge and Helmut Gneuss, Cambridge University Press, 1985, pp. 393-407.

In the following essay, Greenfield maintains that the Christian author of Beowulf viewed the heroic society of the poem sympathetically and recognized the ethical and social values of that world. Furthermore, Greenfield contends, the poet humanized Beowulf—for example, by making his judgement fallible—in order to elicit a more emotional response from the audience.

When Beowulf utters his last words on earth, the poet comments,

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