Good vs. Evil
The key to writing an epic poem is to show that there is a predominant hero who paved the way for a nation. This hero should be someone who shows qualities such as loyalty to his followers, bravery and courage just to name a few. Strophe 8 in Burton Raffels’ translation of Beowulf shows all of these qualities in Beowulf.
Strophe 8 is the tail of Beowulf’s first of three battles with deadly
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the battle. Imagery is very important part of capturing your audience and this strophe did exactly that.
When trying to translate any type of literature it can be very hard to capture the excitement in the original work. When you have a specific point to get across it can be much harder, but in Beowulf is very clearly shown that Beowulf is loyal to his people, brave and courageous the true characteristics of a hero.