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The emotional Geatish

woman

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At Beowulf's funeral,

"a Geat woman too sang out in grief;
with hair bound up, she unburdened herself
of her worst fears,
a wild litany of nightmare and lament" (3150-3153).

This Geatish woman fulfills the traditional female stereotype of the emotional woman, but she actually plays a very important role in the funeral. What is it?

A

The Geatish woman's mourning makes way for hope in the horror.

B

The Geatish woman highlights the inner feelings of the male Geats.

C

The Geatish woman helps the males to control their emotions.

D

The Geatish woman reflects the emotions the males cannot show.

E

The Geatish woman highlights the futility of life.