Date of Award

1-1-2011

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Department

English Language and Literatures

Sub-Department

English

First Advisor

Scott Gwara

Abstract

In the poem Beowulf, the role of the community's formal council, the witan, has not been adequately examined. This group should be juxtaposed with Beowulf who, as a warrior, exhibits the values of individualism, while the witan embodies the values of the community. These communal values are represented, throughout the poem, as the values of knowledge and constitute a poetic sphere of behavior, morality, and society that can reasonably be called the culture of wisdom.

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