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An Education in the Mead-Hall : Beowulf’s Lessons for Young Warriors

Alexander M. Bruce

Southern Florida College

Heroic Age 2001

This essay explores how Beowulf may have indoctrinated the young warriors hearing the tale. The poem prompts the geoguð (young warriors) to consider how they would respond in psychologically threatening situations, and it presents as their model Beowulf, who faces each risk bravely and is justly rewarded.

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