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Camila Rodriguez

on 17 September 2012

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Transcript of Beowulf

Chapter 3 Beowulf What is an epic hero? Is a brave and noble character admired for great achievements. Chapter 3 In his far-off home Beowulf, Higlac's follower
and the strongest of the Geats- greater
and stronger than anyone anywhere in this
world and quickly commanded a boat fitted out, Proclaiming that he'd go to that famous king,
Would sail across the sea to Hrothgar,
Now when help was needed. What qualities of the epic hero are conveyed by these lines? Boasts about himself
Brave and Strong, Superhuman qualities- Super strength
Long Journey Curious fact: Beowulf is the oldest surviving epic poem in the English language and the earliest piece of vernacular European literature. It was written in Old English, the language of the Saxons. Setting (time and place) : The main action of the story is set around 500 a.d.; the narrative also recounts historical events that happened much earlier. Denmark and Geatland (a region in what is now southern Sweden). Tense and tone: Past, but with digressions into the distant past and predictions of the future. The poet is generally enthusiastic about Beowulf’s feats, but he often surrounds the events he narrates with a sense of doom. King Hrothgar: He is an old king, no longer able to defend his people against the marauding demon Grendel. He represents a serious problem for medieval Scandinavian tribes of warriors: the dire threat posed to an entire tribe by a king who has become too weak, or by any kind of power vacuum. Grendel: Hes a man-eating demon that lives in the land of the Spear-Danes and attacks King Hrothgar's mead-hall, Herot, every evening. Every night Grendel slaughters more Danes and feeds on their corpses after tearing them limb from limb. Although he can't be harmed by the blade of any edged weapon Questions or doubts?

-i'll try to answer them :D
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