Date of Award
Campus Access Thesis
English Language and Literatures
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.
Hardaway, R. F.(2011). The Warrior and the Witan: Searching For the Culture of Wisdom In Beowulf. (Master's thesis). Retrieved from http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/1070