How are human and monster identities portrayed in epic poetry? Your answer should make use of a literary analysis of Beowulf and John Milton's Paradise Lost.
Paralleling Of Human And Monster Identities In Epic Poetry
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Paralleling of Human and Monster Identities in Epic Poetry
Remarkable first in that they represent the beginning and the height of epic poetry respectively, Beowulf and John Milton's Paradise Lost trade human and monster identities using various epic conventions and literary devices. Heroes' involvement against their foes helps to define their status in terms of relation and often creates parallels between opposing characters, serving to cast humanity on demons and supernaturalism on humans. This switching of expected characteristics figuratively bridges the supernatural and natural worlds while characters physically cross realms into other worlds. Thus, the boundaries between human and inhuman identities are blurred, disrupting epic convention even as it is established and epitomized.
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