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BeowulfDo Now:Turn to page 15 in textbookCopy definitions of (1) Anglo-Saxon Lyrics(2) Caesuras(3) Kennings(4) Assonance(5) AlliterationAim:Intro to Beowulf on p, 36The epic = legendary epic heroDo Now: •What constitutes a hero?•How might a hero be depicted in the culture of a terrorist group like Al-Queda?•How might a hero in America be depicted?Anglo-Saxon Heroes:courage, strength, skill with weapons, doesn’t retreat, follows a code, motivated by fame, revenge, helping others, generosity with rewards.Epic Heroes: greater abilities, mortal, wiser, loyal following, love for country, overcomes rebellion, increasing obstacles.Heroes repay lords with their lives, suffer exile and disgrace if they don’t aid their lord, rewards of gold/fame for loyaltyAn Epicis a long narrative poem, sometime developed orally, that celebrates the deeds of a legendary or heroic figure.•The hero battles forces that threaten the order of his world.•The story is told in a serious manner, often in a special, elevated language.Beowulf = A Geat from Sweden who crosses the sea to Denmark in a quest to rescue King Hrothgar from the demonic monster Grendel.•Epic Poem was written in the 8thCentury•Action takes place in the 6thCentury•Beowulf is a Geat from Sweden who is going to Denmark to save King Hrothgar.
Grendel– decendant of CainAdam & Eve – ParadiseCain and Abel = Cain kills Abel and is cursedCain will have sons who are a brood of monstersCain’s son is Grendel. The Wrath of Grendel•Setting: Herot Hall of the Danish King Hrothgar (having a celebration before the conflict begins)•Introduction of the conflict•Grendel is angry because he was born from evil•Hrothgar and men are happy because of the celebration. Grendel hears laughter, singing and music and therefore is angry (lonely and isolated). •Grendel is lonely and miserable•Line 40 – Grendel kills the men at night be they are drunk and sleeping. •The only survivors are those who ran away•Line 62 – Grendel terrorized them for 12 yearsKennings: 1. shadow of death = Grendel2. mankind’s enemy = Grendel Do Now:Who is Beowulf?Beowulf = “Geat” from Sweden. Going to Denmark to help Hrothgar (Dane)Aim:The Wrath of GrendelConflict:Grendel has visited Herot at night and killed more than 30 men in two nights.