Grendel’s Mother: or, if Mother Mary Went Off

Throughout our reading of Beowulf, a common theme has been that of Christianity. Grendel is a descendent of Cain, who in the Bible committed the first murder. Characters are openly believers in God, commonly saying things like “God’s in charge, always has been, / always will be” (Headley line 1060). There is no shortage of… Read more Grendel’s Mother: or, if Mother Mary Went Off

Alliteration and it’s Effects in “Beowulf”

In Maria Dahvana Headley’s prologue to her translation of Beowulf, she refers to it as “3,182 lines of alliterative wildness” (Headley ix). Throughout my reading of the first 900 or so lines, I picked out many effective uses of alliteration in the storytelling. Alliteration is one of my favorite literary devices (no, I don’t know… Read more Alliteration and it’s Effects in “Beowulf”