i desired something exciting - something to get the blood pumping and maybe crumple a few pages with my clenched, white knuckles. i scanned over our library and chose the book beowulf. all i knew about the story was they had recently made a movie about it with angelina jolie in it. i saw the previews. they seemed exciting enough. well, the book wasn't entirely what i hoped for. i'm a little curious how they turned it into a movie. the book much reminded me of the iliad, both in language and in content. the hero beowulf seemed to me to be a christian achilles. it had it's moments of excitement, but far too much dialogue boasting of the greatness of beowulf and of the riches and treasures he had won because of his strength. i once wrote an english paper in college asking what a hero is. i concluded that the definition of a hero is ever-changing. what a hero is is a defender of the values of the day, but our values as a society changes throughout time. from achilles and his pride to robin hood and his morals to our modern day heroes such as superman and his compassion, whatever a hero fights for is what the society at the time desires and values. so i found it interesting to learn what the time of beowulf found to be important. strength, pride, riches, and realizing one owes God for all that is good. so anyways, amber just reminded me that this isn't supposed to be a book report, just a summary. sorry for boring you guys. :) not my favorite read, but a short one and an important work in the history of literature.