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Beowulf English Project
Transcript of Beowulf English Project
( lines 1570-1575) Divine Intervention "You have brought it about, that both our peoples, the nations of Sea-Geats and the Spear-Danes, shall share in the peace, snd put strife to rest--the malicious evil they endured before-- while I wield power over my kingdom, treasures will be shared, and many a man will greet another with gifts over the gannet's bath." ( lines 1855-1861) King Hrothgar's Praise "Yet one man found the path, making his way nearby, and he went inside to the heathen hoard, siezing a cup with his hand, a large ornamented treasure. Though it had been tricked, while it was sleeping, the dragon made no secret of the plunder by the thief. The neighboring people soon found out the terror of its fury." ( lines 2214-2220) Awakening "I would not wish to bear a sword, a weapon against the dragon, if I knew another way to fufill my boast, as I did against Grendel a long time ago. But here I will face a foe breathing fire, blazing and venomous--so I must do battle under shield and mail-shirt. Yet I will not yield a step to the hoard's gaurdian, so we will test by the barrow's wall which one of the two of us wins the favor of fortune, as the Creator decides for all." ( lines 2518-2527) Fate "He clearly realized that he had gone through the days given to him, his time of joy on earth. His long life was hastening to depart, and death, was extremely close by--'Now I would like to give my war-gear to my son, if fortune had so favored me that I would be able to leave arms to an heir, my own offspring...'" ( lines 2725-2732) Beowulf's Will "Then men bold into battle, the sons of chieftens, all twelve together, rode around the barrow, expressing their grief, and lamenting their lord, with words wrought in song, a dirge for the dead. They sang of his valor, and his deeds of great strength, with all their power praising the hero..." ( lines 3169-3174) The Eternal Song BEOWULF! I AM Analysis: Beowulf, slayer of the fiend Grendel, now triumphs as the true heroic liberator as he destroys the final threat to the once prosperous life of the Danes. As Beowulf lifts his magical sword in the precarious radiant light in the wretched maiden's cavern, it emnates a heavenly glow of victory found only in tales of legendary heroes. Analysis: Now that our hero Beowulf has lifted the blood curse from the land of the Spear-Danes, their kingdom will forever share their renewed prosperity and abundant wealth with proud ally, the Sea-Geats. Analysis: A traveling wayfarer plundered a dragon's treasure--he seized the dragon's ornate goblet-- unaware of the fury that he had spawned. The dragon awoke from its slumber and unleashed a momentous battle that even challenges Beowulf's strength and willpower. Not only is this a colossal threat to our hero, but the allies the Geats and the Danes and their resources. Analysis: Beowulf, wielding only a fortified shield, a sword, a chain-mail shirt, and wits that could outscore Ares himself, is able--although his old age may have been a handicap-- to battle the fire-breathing beast that has started to incerate innocent lives and homes native to the Danes. Beowulf aknowledges the whim of God and how fortune may favor anyone. And if this was to be his end, he would die a hero. As the time for our hero on earth wanes, he expresses a powerful will that leaves his offspring--the heir to the throne--war-gear. I assume this is his mystical sword Naegling, armor, helmet, etc. Beowulf lived a long and joyous life, filled with victory galore, but alas, his death draws near and with his departure begins stories of his legacy. Boldest of men across the sea and in distand lands grieve deeply over the loss of thier king. Beowulf commanded that his body be burned upon a clifftop to be viewed across miles of ocean and miles of terrain. His death marked the beginning of a renewal of peace throughout the world. The "twelve" chieftan sons provide a biblical allusion to the twelve apolstles in the New Testament of the bible. Analysis: Grendel is introduced as a monster brought upon man to rid him of his happiness and joy. He ravages Heorot, relentlessly, and is the shame of King Hrothgar who was once a hero of the lands. He is the first of the three main monsters. Grendel is symbolic in that he represents the negative experiences that come about, most often unexpectedly, after we experience a joy or a happy moment. Most importantly however, he represents a challenge to the people willing to face him, a seemingly impossible task. Analysis: Beowulf is a foreign to the land of the Danes and is in fact a Geat who has offered his aid in the matter of Grendel's pilaging of Heorot. He represents the young, the strong-willed, and the potential of man to face his "demons". Beowulf enters the scene fully determined to face Grendel and decides too fight a clean fight with the monster. Despite his apperrant confidence in the succeding battle, an important thing to note is that Beowulf acknowledges that he is not fully in control of the outcome and suggests there are other divine powers that ultimately decide his fate. Analysis: Heorot is taken back from the monster Grendel but not without scars. The hall still has evidence of Grendel's destruction, most of which on the inside, and reminds the people of it. This shows that although the hall is still big and bright it was affected greatly by the monster's reign of terror before his defeat. However, there is a sense of hope and belief in one's capabilities through the hall's survival. It supports the idea that if it was not for Beowulf the hall would have been destroyed. Analysis: Grendal's severed arm is symbolic to the ultimate victory against pure evil. It represents the will crushed by Beowulf when he conquered the beast. In doing this, Beowulf made an important statement: his will, determinenation, and ambition is stronger than Grendel's will. In dominating Grendel, Beowulf proved to be the savior of Heorot and the person in Denmark with enough will to defeat the monster. Not through strength, speed, or skill was defeated, but through will. Analysis: Grendel's Mother resides in he lowest, coldest, and quitest places on earth. The common motif of revenge is presented here as Grendel's mpther has a motive to attack man for being so joyous and blissful. She appeaars to be more fearsome, stronger, and larger than Grendel and has appeared onto the scene because of Beowulf's murder of her son. She serves the purpose of representing the larger battles that come along through life.