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Aditya Khadye Pd-4 Active Reading Notes for Beowulf (Part One-1.2.4 APEX) English IV Honors I. Epic is a long poem about a hero whose actions affect and reflect an entire nation. a. Epics have a hero, supernatural figures, cultural values, and a broad setting. b. Identify each after reading the story- i. Hero- strong and responsible leader, risks his life for the greater good of his people and his kingdom, has a great amount of courage, his inhuman strength, and his faith and gratitude. ii. Supernatural figures- Something or someone with extraordinary abilities iii. Cultural values- The values shown within the characters whether some are willing or not iv. Broad setting- The vast differences in the settings between the story c. In medias res is the literary technique of starting a story “in the middle of things.” Where is this seen in Beowulf ? Beowulf opens in medias res, or in the middle of things, as the hero departs from his home, Geatland, and sails to a new land. He experiences initiation through a battle with monsters. II. Meet the Anglo-Saxons – Part 1 of 7 (4:37) a. Beowulf begins with descriptions of the ancestors of some of the main characters in the story. Which step on Freytag's pyramid (plot diagram) do you see here? The backgroun d of the characters and how context clues exist within the Freytag’s pyramid. b. What is the author describing in the passage beginning "There at the harbor"? The author is describing a ship that is at the harbor What is Heorot? The god that the people believe in that being their culture accepting all wishes.

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