A comparison between different time periods
 Women had the option to choose whom they marry
 Arranged marriages existed primarily in upper classes
 “fricwebba” mar...
 Wealhtheow
 Hrothgar’s wife
 Acts the part of a peace-weaver by offering everyone a drink from the same
goblet, unites...
Fan depictions of Grendel’s Mother based on the Poem
 Risden said how the Post- Freud society cannot help

but sexualize text, that we frequently read sexual
innuendo and pun...
 Wealhtheow
 Revolted by significantly older husband Hrothgar, and refused to sleep with

him, making her appear more po...
Grendel’s Mother and Wealhtheow in the 2007 movie Beowulf
After conducting our study, our group has come to a few
conclusions:
 The 21st century is a more receiving audience of se...
Beowulf. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Paramount Pictures, 2007. Film
“Grendel's mother in Live action movie; Beowulf.” 2007. Vill...
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The Depiction of Women in Beowulf: A comparison between different time periods

  1. 1. A comparison between different time periods
  2. 2.  Women had the option to choose whom they marry  Arranged marriages existed primarily in upper classes  “fricwebba” marriages, or peace-weaving marriages, are created when a woman marries someone from a rival clan to create peace  Peace-weaving are seen to have more power because they are the sole reason there is peace between the nations, even if peace is not necessarily kept.  There were several laws intact preserve a woman’s rights, like the ability to divorce a husband, and keep land in case of his death.
  3. 3.  Wealhtheow  Hrothgar’s wife  Acts the part of a peace-weaver by offering everyone a drink from the same goblet, unites them, in a sense.  Grendel’s mother  portrayed as a disgusting being  Barely feminine, practically genderless  “monstrous hell-bride”  Freawaru  Daugther of Hrothgar  Married to King Ingeld, of the Heatho-Bards as a Peace-weaver  Peace was only fleeting, due to reminders of old anger  Queen Modthryth  Killed anyone who looked at her because of perceived insult  Was “tamed” and became a virtuous queen after marrying King Offa  A ‘bad’ woman can be fixed through the help of a man  Daughter of Beow  Nameless  Less dignified without a name  “balm in bed”  Mentioned simply for her abilities in bed
  4. 4. Fan depictions of Grendel’s Mother based on the Poem
  5. 5.  Risden said how the Post- Freud society cannot help but sexualize text, that we frequently read sexual innuendo and puns into otherwise innocent speech  Obvious sexual content is rarely present in the original poem Beowulf, most content is found after harsh scrutiny  Beowulf is shown to never marry in the Poem
  6. 6.  Wealhtheow  Revolted by significantly older husband Hrothgar, and refused to sleep with him, making her appear more powerful in comparison to the poem  Was exposed to the unpleasantness of Grendel  Had sexual tension with Beowulf, and became his queen after Hrothgar died  Grendel’s Mother  A golden shapeshifter that primarily takes the form of a naked, beautiful woman, who’s true form is hinted to be more monstrous  Seduced Beowulf and Hrothgar with the promise of power so she could birth horrible monsters that created chaos in their reign  Used her sexuality as a strength to get what she wanted, undermined the men’s ability to resist their libidos  Simultaneously was recreated as the most powerful and the most sexualized character, in contrast to her original depiction in the poem  Background Women  Women were inserted in the party before Grendel appears and acted in sexually promiscuous ways, whereas women were not even mentioned at Heorot in the poem  Spoke in sexually explicit manner about Beowulf and his army
  7. 7. Grendel’s Mother and Wealhtheow in the 2007 movie Beowulf
  8. 8. After conducting our study, our group has come to a few conclusions:  The 21st century is a more receiving audience of sexuality, as evident in the 2007 Beowulf film.  This sexuality served as a way for the female characters to display their own power.  Women were not depicted as overall important or powerful characters in the original poem.  Women that showed power eventually had it extinguished Therefore, we concluded that different societies will depict women differently based on their cultural values on them.
  9. 9. Beowulf. Dir. Robert Zemeckis. Paramount Pictures, 2007. Film “Grendel's mother in Live action movie; Beowulf.” 2007. Villains Wiki. Web. 16 Oct. 2013. http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110508160035/villains/images/c/c5/Grendel's_ Mother.jpg “My Beowulf Girl.” 2007. :Fashion:On:Line:Girls:. Web. 16 Oct. 2013. <http://marasop.tumblr.com/post/40322619492/my-beowulf-girl-wealtheow-is-thewulfing-queen> "Najjaparkerarchetypes." Najjaparkerarchetypes. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2013. <http://najjaparkerarchetypes.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/grendels-mom-frombeowulf/>. "News Article - Beowulf." Beowulf. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2013. <http://herotnews.weebly.com/news-article.html>. Risden, E. L. “The Cinematic Sexualizing of Beowulf” Essays in Medieval Studies 26 (2010): 109-115. Project MUSE. Database. 10 Oct. 2013

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