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Beowulf Mythical monsters with great powers that get killed by human men are a typical theme in Anglo-Saxon poetry Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon poem translated by Burton Raffel Three Anglo-Saxon ideals that are portrayed in Beowulf are strength of warriors boasting of brave deeds and the belief in the super natural First one of the ideals exhibited in Beowulf is physical strength In Beowulf Beowulf the hero from Geatland exerts the most physical strength Beowulf doesnt want to use a sword while fighting Grendel During the fight Grendel twisted in pain And the bleeding sinews deep in his shoulder Snapped muscle and bone split And broke467-470 as Beowulf pulls grendels arm right out of its socket Another example of strength is when Grendel Tore its iron fasteners with a touch375 at Herots gates Finally when Grendel goes into Herot and slashes and kills thirty men it shows Grendels great power Also there is a great amount of strength during the battle with Beowulf and Grendels mother Another ideal portrayed in Beowulf is the right to boast When the poem talks about Hrothgars building that it reaches higher toward Heaven then anything That had ever been known to the sons of men6-7 shows Hrothgars with his riches Boasting about not needing to use a weapon Beowulf values to kill Grendel with his bare hands The biggest amount of boasting in the poem also came from Beowulf when he arrives at Herot Telling Hrothgar how many monsters he has killed Finally the belief in the supernatural is another ideal in Beowulf When Beowulf arrives he tells the stories about the sea monsters he fault When he was done fighting with the sea monsters they were Left floating lifeless in the sea279 There is also Grendel the main monster in Beowulf with claws and a bloodthirsty appetite Last there was Grendels mother who comes to avenge of her son She lives underwater Grendels mother kills
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