What did it mean to be human in Anglo-Saxon times?
(Course EQ: What does it mean to be human?)
Literature is a universal reflection of life and human nature. But, it is not a mirror, meaning it does not reflect back every part of every person’s life. Rather authors choose the details they include carefully and intentionally to make specific comments about us and our world. They may hyperbolize certain actions, for instance Beowulf’s heroic feats, to expose something they believe to be true about all of humanity. We must read literature with a purpose, to find out what the author is trying to say about people and life. This type of reading enables us to learn more about ourselves and what we’re capable of (regardless of the culture, era or geographic location).
What characteristics make us (even the villains) human
Basic recurring “human” themes that make a piece of literature (Beowulf) timeless
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