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Summer Reading Book Reports
Transcript of Summer Reading Book Reports
By:Rontray Miller II
August 5, 2014
Copyright date: 1971
Grendel is a wolf like creature that eats animals and humans. He also has human characteristics such as his ability to speak and walk on two legs.
Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com, n.d. Web. 30 July 2014.
Summer Reading Project
By: Rontray Miller II
“When I was a child I truly loved: unthinking love as calm and deep as the North Sea. But I have lived, and now I do not sleep.” (Gardner)
Summer Reading 2014
Rontray Miller II
John Gardner was born in Batavia, New York(John Gardner).
He attended school and worked on his father's farm(John Gardner).
His brother was killed in an accident with the cultipacker, and he carried that guilt for the rest of his life(John Gardner).
He died on September 14, 1982(John Gardner).
Some of his works include October Light, The Sunlight Dialogues, Nickel Mountain, and Freddy's Book.
I believe this book is significant because it shows how cruel humans can really be towards others.
It made me think about how I treat others, and also how i treat the environment.
I rate this book a 4 because it uses an animal-like character to show the faults of nature and human beings. This was not a hard read.
He was born April 13, 1939(Seamus Heaney)
He studied English language and literature at Queens University Belfast(Seamus Heaney)
Examples of his other works include Death of a Naturalist, Door into the Dark, and Field Work (Seamus Heaney)
"It is always better to avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning"(Heaney)
To me this quote can relate to our society today because when someone does something to harm our close friends or family, most people will do anything to make sure that person receives the punishment they "deserve".
This book is significant, because it encourages people to believe in themselves and not let others try to destroy their dreams of achieving a goal
It made me think about bullies and how once you stand up to them they'll leave you alone. Although Beowulf had to kill Grendel and his mother in order to restore piece, all it takes is for you to stand up to someone that is bothering you and the problem will slowly but surely diminish.
It made me realize how words of discouragement can not only hurt you, they can encourage you and push you to do what people say you can't
I rate this book a 4 because it teaches many valuable lessons using interesting fictional characters, and is proof that the problems we face today have existed for an immense amount of time
One theme in this novel is that you should always be confident and should strive to achieve your goals no matter what obstacles you face.
"Due to the turmoil caused by Grendel in Hrogorth's kingdom, Beowolf is summoned to destroy him and bring peace back to the land. After killing Grendel, his mother returns seeking revenge. Beowulf then kills her also and returns to the kingdom where he is worshiped by Hrogorth and the rest of his kingdom. As Beowolf gets older and becomes the new king of the kingdom they are faced with another issue, a dragon. Beowulf defeats the dragon but is severely wounded which lead to his death shortly after the brawl."(Seamus Heaney)
Person vs. Nature
"So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by
and the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness.
We have heard of those princes' heroic campaigns."(Heaney)
I researched the name Beowulf and found that beo can be defined in German as a small common hill asian bird. Wulf simply means wolf in German. This can relate to the theme because it can create an image of the match between Beowulf and Grendel and how he was confident enough to defeat him.
The Banquet represents rebirth and peace
"She'd brooded on her loss, misery had brewed in her heart, that female horror, Grendel's mother, living in the murky cold lake assigned her since Cain had killed his only brother, slain his father's son/ With an angry sword."(Heaney)
In the novel Grendel's mother witnessed her son's condition after Beowulf mutilated him. She possibly could have know that Beowulf could and would do the same but she still had a level of confidence that she will get revenge on whoever killed her son
This book is Idealistic simply because the conflicts that are fictional and are caused by fictional characters.
"Grendel's mother,monstrous hell-bride, brooded on her wrongs. She had been forced down into fearful waters,he cold depths, after Cain had killed.his father's son, felled his ownbrother with a sword." (Heaney)
To me this quote explains the simplicity of life as a child and how it gradually gets difficult as you grow.
One of the themes in this novel is that you should never judge anyone based on their appearance.
"The tall one said,'It's a growth of some kind, that's my opinion. Some beastlike fungus.'"(Gardner)
When researching the word Grendel, you constantly find "monstrous beast" or "hideous demonic creature". However, as he was describing himself and his feelings throughout the book it was clear that he had no control over his instincts.
The bull could represent the values of a bonded family
The meadhall could represent Hrogarth's power in his kingdom.
When Grendel was attacked by the bull he describes the situation as the bull constantly attacking him while it was protecting a calf. Although the bull's strategy were ineffective it shows how determined the bull was to protect the calf.
"Bulls do such things, though they don't even know that the calves they defend are theirs."(Gardner)
In the beginning of the novel, Grendel says that all animals are unwise. Although the bull was unwise for using the same failing method, he still completed his mission which was to defend the calf.
I would classify the genre to be fantasy.
I believe that this book is idealistic because it uses fictional characters to fulfill a fictional cause.
"He told of an ancient feud between two brothers which split all the world between darkness and light. And I, Grendel, was the dark side...I believed him! Such was the power of the Shaper's harp!"(Gardner)
“The world is all pointless accident... I exist, nothing else.” (Gardner)
Here he directly tells us that he believes he has no purpose in the world. He just exists.
“When I was a child I truly loved"(Gardner)
Here we can tell that he is in touch with the human traits because he expresses his love for his childhood. Animals lives are relatively the same from birth to death in the sense that they hunt
“So childhood too feels good at first, before one happens to notice the terrible sameness, age after age.”(Gardner)
I believe here he is talking more about the life of an animal and recognizes that there really is no difference as they grow older. This also shows how intellectual he is.
“It's not easy to kill a mountain goat. He thinks with his spine.”(Gardner)
I believe this quote talks more about his natural predator instincts and that even though he has human like traits he is still an animal.
"Grendel is found by numerous people while traveling the forest and getting stuck in some kind of tree or bush. He examines the lifestyle of humans and becomes fascinated with it. He later visits a dragon for advice when becoming frustrated with the Shaper. The dragon basically tells him that all morals and philosophies are irrevlevant, which Grendel eventually adopts as truth, and embarks on this rampage throughout Hrogarth's Kingdom. After the Shaper dies, the Geats, whose leader is Beowulf, have come to kill Grendel.When Grendel tries to attack Hart, Beowulf meets him, rips his arm off, and Grendel flees to the forest where he breathes his last breathe."(Gardner)
Person vs. Nature
Beowulf was "the leader of the Geats"(Gardner), so he must be a very strong guy. The book near the end talks about him in his old age so when he defeated Grendel he must have been fairly young in age.
"So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by and the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness. We have heard of those princes' heroic campaigns."(Heaney)
This quote shows that Beowulf stresses the importance of courage, so one can infer that he's a very courageous man.
"Nor have I seen a mightier man-at-arms on this earth than the one standing here: unless I am mistaken, he is truly noble. This is no mere hanger-on in a hero's armour." (Heaney)
This quote shows that Beowulf is so noble and great, that others recognize it as well.
"Then my face won't be there to be covered in death: he will carry me away as he goes to ground, gorged and bloodied; he will run gloating with my raw corpse and feed on it alone, in a cruel frenzy, fouling his moor-nest." (Heanley)
This quote shows that he is an experienced fighter and has seen a lot of gruesome and grotesque events while fighting.
"The man whose name was known for courage, the Geat leader, resolute in his helmet,answered in return: "We are retainers from Hygelac's band. Beowulf is my name." (Heaney)
This quote shows that he is a little full of himself and cocky.
"John C. Gardner." John C. Gardner. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Aug. 2014.
Gardner, John. Grendel. New York: Knopf, 1971. Web
Heaney, Seamus. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2000. Web.
Rontray Miller II
Rontray is an aspiring artist and vocal coach. He began his high school career in public school and after a couple years realized that it was not the best place for him. Therefore, he's transferred to CCS and has stated that "It is the best experience [he's] ever had." As a senior his goal is to maintain at least a 3.8 GPA all school year.:)
"Seamus Heaney." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 31 July 2014.
Copyright Date: 1998
He was the oldest out of nine children. (Seamus Heaney)
The Cave that Grendel and his mother resided in can represent seclusion.