It is obvious that Beowulf is the quintessential hero.

Warriors had to be willing to face any odds, and fight to the death for their glory and people.

Beowulf displays his great strength time after time.

Below are a few quick thesis suggestions for you to consider. Some of these might even provide a spark for more thesis statements concerning Beowulf.

The Anglo-Saxon hero was able to be all of these and still be humble and kind.

Beowulf shows that every hero must have courage.

MOT JUSTE, LE (French, "The right word"): A well-chosen, precise, or exact word, an extremely appropriate or fitting bit of .

In literature Beowulf is, perhaps, the perfect example of an Anglo-Saxon hero.

Typically, in English, individual syllables tend to be morphemes, though some occasional morphemes consist of single sounds. Contrast with and .

In Beowulf, the Anglo-Saxon hero is well defined by the actions of Beowulf.


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MARY SUE: A character beloved by the author but often despised by readers and editors--an unrealistic character with overly idealized behavior who lacks any perceivable flaws--especially one serving as a fantasy for the author. This term is an from a character in Paula Smith's 1973 parody, "A Trekkie's Tale," and in subsequent decades became popular among editors in science-fiction publishing houses to refer to poorly written, annoying, and unlikely characters written by amateur authors.

Beowulf also shows that a hero must be humble.

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MAL MARIÉE: The stock character in medieval romances, , and of an unhappily married wife, often married to a . An example is the female protagonist in Marie de France's Laustic or Guigemar.

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MEDIEVAL STUDIES: An interdisciplinary field of scholarship in literature, history, art, philosophy, and theology focusing on the culture of the Middle Ages or . Scholars who specialize in this area are medievalists. Among the , J.R.R. Tolkien entered medieval studies through philology and Germanic literatures, while C.S. Lewis became a medievalist via classical and Renaissance philosophy and literature--eventually leaving Oxford to go to Cambridge and become the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance literature. [Dr. Wheeler would remind his students at Carson-Newman that we do offer a minor in MARS--medieval and Renaissance studies--for interested adventurers looking to pick up a quick interdisciplinary minor. --KW]

Beowulf constantly refers to his loyalty to his lord, Hygelac.

MACROLOGIA (Grk. "big language" or "long language"): Also called macrology, in rhetoric, a negative term for a type of involving unnecessary repetition of lengthy clauses. See discussion under .