Beowulf is an Old English epic poem written anonymously around 975 CE. Explore a character analysis of Beowulf, plot summary, and important quotes.


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See a complete list of the characters in Beowulf and in-depth analyses of Beowulf, Grendel, Hrothgar, Unferth, Wiglaf, Grendel’s Mother, and the dragon.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in Beowulf, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.


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Further Study

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