beowulf - 1. An epic is a long poem that narrates the...

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1.  An epic is a long poem that narrates the adventures of a hero.   Four of the major characteristics of epic poetry are the   following:    1. The hero is of noble birth or high social position.    His father was Hrethel of the Geats His mother was the doughter of Edgtheow who was the son of Hygelac who was a well  known leader  2. The hero reflects values that are important to his society.   He could have used a sword and killed Grendel faster or so he thought and still did not use it.  He left the decision of who would win up to god 3. The hero's actions consist of courageous, even superhuman deeds.   Although Grendel was not harming Boewulf he still felt that he had to do something about 4. Supernatural forces are often involved. He has the strength of thirty men in his hand grip. It only took one day to travel to help the people Early History of the Danes Listen: You have heard of the Danish Kings in the old days and how they were great warriors. Shield, the son of Sheaf, took many an enemy's chair,
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terrified many a warrior, after he was found an orphan. He prospered under the sky until people everywhere listened when he spoke. He was a good king! Shield had a son, child for his yard, sent by God to comfort the people, to keep them from fear-- Grain was his name; he was famous throughout the North. Young princes should do as he did-- give out treasures while they're still young so that when they're old people will support them in time of war. A man prospers by good deeds in any nation. Shield died at his fated hour, went to God still strong. His people carried him to the sea, which was his last request. In the harbor stood a well-built ship, icy but ready for the sea. They laid Shield there, propped him against the mast surrounded by gold and treasure from distant lands. I've never heard of a more beautiful ship, filled with shields, swords, and coats of mail, gifts to him for his long trip. No doubt he had a little more than he did as a child when he was sent out, a naked orphan in an empty boat.
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Now he had a golden banner high over his head, was, sadly by a rich people, given to the sea. The wisest alive can't tell where a death ship goes. Grain ruled the Danes a long time after his father's death, and to him was born the great Healfdene, fierce in battle, who ruled until he was old. Healfdene had four children-- Heorogar, Hrothgar, Halga the Good, and a daughter who married Onela, King of the Swedes. Hrothgar Becomes King of the Danes After Hrothgar became king he won many battles: his friends and family willingly obeyed him; his childhood friends became famous soldiers. So Hrothgar decided
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course ENG. 101 taught by Professor Wianger during the Fall '08 term at Southwest MSUS.

  • Fall '08
  • Wianger
  • Beowulf, Grendel, Dragon, Beowulf, Grendel, Wealhtheow, Dragon, Wiglaf, Aeschere, Ecgtheow, Finn, Heardred, Hildeburh, Hnaef, Hrothulf, Hygelac, Sigemund, Unferth

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