Women in Beowulf

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Jennifer Lunsford ENG 220 Barbara Cook 10-14-99 Women in Beowulf In the poem Beowulf the women play the role of peace-keepers at any cost. Among these women I will look closely at Wealhtheow, Grendel's mother and Hygd. Through all the women in Beowulf one can see a female perspective of honor, loyalty and social welfare. Wealhtheow is the picturesque queen. One sees this when she meets the nobles after Beowulf has defeated Grendel. The narrator …

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…what is best for her people and she also wants to avoid any more destruction if she can. These three women use many tactics to honor, protect and uphold their society just as much as any warrior. Wealhtheow, Grendel's mother and Hygd are all different in many ways, but they all try to keep peace to the best of their ability. They do this by honoring their family, themselves or their people at all costs.