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Jennifer Lunsford ENG 220 Barbara Cook 10-14-99 Women in Beowulf In the poem Beowulf the women play the role of peace-keepers at any cost Among these women I will look closely at Wealhtheow Grendels mother and Hygd Through all the women in Beowulf one can see a female perspective of honor loyalty and social welfare Wealhtheow is the picturesque queen One sees this when she meets the nobles after Beowulf has defeated Grendel The narrator explains how she is mindful of customs gold-adorned the noble woman offered the cup Norton 35 This imagery perfectly describes a queen Wealhtheow is a role model of courtly behaviors and duties She makes offerings to Beowulf and tells him to Wear this ring with good luck and make use of this mail shirt from the peoples treasure Norton 43 The queen is giving him gifts as tokens of appreciation and loyalty for what he has done for the Danes She is a strong and positive figure in all the confusion and battle Wealhtheow does have a private conversation with her husband She is inquiring about what he has said and replies you would have the warrior for your son leave to your kinsmen folk and kingdom when you go forth to look on the Rulers decree Norton 42 Wealhtheow is implying that she does not want Beowulf to have the thrown This is not her being negative She is being loyal to the family because the thrown should rightly be given to one of her sons The queen thought she was doing what was good for her sons but if she would have let Beowulf take the thrown the Danes would have been safe from the ploys of Hrothulf Then Freawaru would not have ended up like Hildeburh Freawarus father Hrothgar
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