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Unformatted text preview: Beowulf 30/10/2006 00:00:00 Any Response is a good Response Beowulf is part of the Remains of ????? The Anglo Saxons took them over Vikings pilliage monasteries, and there were books in monasteries The remains of the books were burned Anglo Saxon literature is wyrd (force of fate or the universe is stacked against you) Almost like entropy things that dont last Overwhelming sense of transience-things dont last ****Look for mood, passage of time, what was but is no longer Anglo Saxons had an intense love for the sea They see nature as evil and problematic then we read The Wanderer Beowulf : Meant to be told orally in mead hall- sex and violence are very popular themes and make the book popular and why you read it now Chaucer : Read because it is almost juvenile, filthy Chaucers time saw pageant wagons performing biblical tales before 1570 Eventually the play wrights learn that plays make money and run with it Back to Beowulf images of ruin, mead halls, buildings, things not lasting very long **In Norse Mythology, gods are mortal men are flawed, gods are flawed ---450 AD Celts invaded by warriors (Germanic, Scandinavian) and become Anglo Saxons who were invaded by the Romans Rome fell and then the Dark Ages began Developed structure of warband 1 lord surrounded by group of men Prime value for people in warband is Loyalty Very little romantic relationships with men and women in Anglo Saxons literature Venerable Bead: One of the 1 st historians Gave account of a missionary who went to the North Anglo Saxons measure worth through treasure!!!! Load down with treasure in life, have treasure in death *******Herot (hard)=male deer=Deer Hall Beowulf begins and ends with funeral (sense for how A-S looked at life) Line 180-Turned to Devil Worship Many religious undertones and excerpts that appear to be inserted into the text 1. Shield Sheafson , good king, scourge of many tries 2. Beow- many companions 3. Halfdane =heir of beow 4. Heorogar, Hrothgar , Halga, Onelda 5. Hrothgar built great mead hall-Heorot hall 6. Grendel: Lived with Cains clan* and nursed grievance against din of banquet 7. Hygelac thane = (Beowulf) High ranked warrior They talk about lineage and great feats performed by warriors and good deeds from fathers. Story of Beowulf swimming ex.. Hrothgar identifies Beowulf through his father Exciting story to pump you up -lots of religious undertones...
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