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Transcript of Beowulf
Epic - A long narrative poem
that recounts the adventures
of a legendary hero.
There are four parts to an epic:
Epic Hero - a larger-than-life character who fights
Quest - a long, dangerous mission undertaken by
the epic hero.
Valorous Deeds - actions that demonstrate the hero’s
courage, strength or virtue
Divine Intervention - the hero receives help from a god
or another supernatural force.
Again, an unknown author and the time frame ranges from 6th Century to 11th Century. It was written in Old English, a language that is unrecognizable today. As such, we are reading a translation.
You've likely read an Epic before.
Example of epics: The Odyssey,
The Divine Comedy, Gilgamesh,
and Paradise Lost.
The Epic is alive and well today:
Old English =
Middle English =
Modern English =
Quick Review of Literary Terms