Obieze Udemadu - Beowulf & The Epic Hero Socratic...

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Beowulf & The Socratic Seminar Preparation Prep due on day of Socratic Seminar (Thurs 17 January) Your prep must be in hard copy form (either hand-written in blue/black ink or printed out) Prep ______ / 100 Socratic Performance (see attached rubric) _______ / 100 Part One: Elements of an Epic Hero For each element of Modernism, find one example of it from any text you read. You may use the same text for all seven elements, or you may switch it up. Element of An Epic Hero (See Unit One Slides) Text Example from Beowulf with citation + Analysis Text example from another from your choice of Gilgamesh/Iliad with citation + Analysis Text example from Sigurd (Group A) or Sundiata (Group B) with citation + Analysis Example : Epic Hero “Then [Grendel] stepped to another//still body, clutched at Beowulf with his claws... --And was instantly seized himself, claws// Bent back as Beowulf leaned up on one arm.//That shepherd of evil, guardian of crime//knew all at once that nowhere on earth had he met a man whose hands were harder.” (ln 36-43) It is clear from this passage that Beowulf possesses superhuman strength, because while other men failed to even confront Grendel Beowulf is able to instantly overpower him. “And swift Achilles kept on coursing Hector, nonstop..as a hound in the mountain starts a fawn from its lair, hunting him down the gorges, down the glens…” (ln 1-4). It is clear from this passage that the epic hero Achilles is physically superior even to Hector, the champion of the Greeks. He pursues him relentlessly, and Homer compares their chase to a hound chasing a fawn. “And Sundiata knew not himself//knew not the greatness within him//coiled like a serpent sleeping” (Sundiata p 9). It is clear from this passage that Sundiata has the innate greatness of a hero within him even before he himself recognizes it. The griot compares his greatness to a serpent coiled up, evoking an image of untapped strength and power. Epic Hero “The Danes started In new terror, cowering in their beds as the terrible Screams of the Almighty’s enemy sang In the darkness, the horrible shrieks of pain And defeat, the tears torn out of Grendel’s Taut throat, hell’s captive caught in the arms Of him who of all the men on earth Was the strongest.” It is clear from this excerpt from the “Why are you so worried about death? Only the gods are immortal anyway, sighed Gilgamesh. What men do is nothing, so fear is never justified. What happened to your power that once could challenge and equal mine? I will go ahead of you, and if I die I will at least have the reward of people say: He died in war against Humbaba.” “Sundiata grew in power and wisdom, and learned proverbs and the ways of the ancestors and the skills of the hunter and the warrior, and wherever he went in the wide world he made friends, for it is said that a man’s wealth and worth are measured by the friends he has, and he who has friends has treasure laid up against difficult times.” In this excerpt from the passage, it shows how
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