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Beowulf Essay | Critical Essay #2

Gareth Hinds
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Critical Essay #2

In the excerpt that follows, Clark discusses the world of Beowulf as it is presented by the poem's narrator. Clark explains that the society of the Danes is first shown to be a prosperous and successful one, until Grendel's attacks, after which it becomes paralyzed for twelve years. By contrast, demonstrates Clark, the Geatish society is one of action, and Beowulf, as a member of that society coming to aid the Danes seems to be surrounded by "an aura of good luck and good intentions." In the book's "Afterword," Clark discusses briefly the Sutton Hoo ship burial discovery, and predicts the avenues by which new criticism will likely approach the poem.

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