Beowulf Themes and Characters

Beowulf Themes and Characters

Beowulf Themes

  1. Major theme 1 — The search to attain a measure of immortality by performing heroic deeds.
  2. Major theme 2 — The importance of maintaining a civilized orderly society.
  3. Major theme 3 — The display of courage in the face of death.

Beowulf Characters

  1. Herot — A great mead hall, or banquet hall.
  2. Beowulf — An ideal warrior of the Geats and the hero of the poem.
  3. Dragon — A fire-breathing, snakelike monster that terrorizes the Geats
  4. Grendel — A monster with human qualities that terrorizes Herot for twelve years
  5. Grendels mother — A monster that also terrorizes Herot
  6. Hrothgar — Danish King and builder of Herot
  7. Higlac — King of the Geats and Uncle of Beowulf
  8. Shild — Legendary king of the Danes and great grandfather of Hrothgar
  9. Unferth — a warrior in Hrothgar’s court who challenge Beowulf’s bravery
  10. Welthow — Hrothgar’s wife
  11. Wiglaf — a young warrior and relative of Beowulf