Throughout history, mankind in each civilization and culture has created many stories to entertain as well teach cultural values, codes of conduct, history and morals. Beowulf is such a story. It, in particular, represents the epic hero archetype narrative so common in early literature, folk tales, mythology and religion. Traditionally an archetype is an original model of a person, ideal example, or a prototype upon which others are copied, patterned, or emulated; a symbol universally recognized by all. In psychology, an archetype is a model of a person, personality, or behavior. Archetypes can be broken down to 3 main types: Situational, Character and symbolic This tale, predominantly a ...

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is a situational achetype that can be illustrated best by the fact, like night, if you make it through and survive through the night than the morning is like a symbol of a rebirth. The next situational epic archetype is the battle between good and evil. The good being is the hero Beowulf who is fearless, dedicated and will take on the evil despite mortal danger, when no other men dare attempt because of over whelming superiority of the evil Creature Grendel. The situational archetype the unhealable wound appears to be when Beowulf is fighting the dragon; he becomes mortally wounded when fighting the dragon.
The character archetype is illustrated by the hero Beowulf at the beginning of the story. “A long list of accomplishments fighting sea monsters and drove five great giants in to chains and chase all that race from the earth” (150) the sea monster reference is (290).
The hero Beowulf also risks his life for the good of all, in this case leaving his own country to save ...

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Added: 3/29/2011 05:01:42 PM
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