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Beowulf: Prelude Through Chapter 4

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Adam Tracy

on 6 March 2014

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Transcript of Beowulf: Prelude Through Chapter 4

The motif is Beow himself because in the story he represents a force of goodness and praise. This is important because another theme, Good vs. Evil, is started by Beow and eventually Beowulf.
a symbol in the story is when Beow is acting like a kingsmen. This is important because it shows that Beow is going to become a king, which foreshadows the story.
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
One of the characters in chapter Four is the leader of the geats. He is a mighty and noble leader. He is talking to the guard of Hrothgar's hall. They are at the hall in front of a castle. A theme from this chapter is that heros are always welcome. The geats came to Hrothgar's hall to try to fight Grendel. The guard lets them through. This is a symbol that shows the guards confidence in the warriors. The guard says "May Almighty God Protect you." This is a motif. The guard is kind of praying and wishing them luck at the same time.
Chapters Prelude-Chapter 4

Chapter 1 is an overview of Beowulf, his people, and the overall story
This part takes place long ago, in the medieval times. As the text says, this story supposivly took place in the Northern land.
The theme in this chapter is "those who do good will be rewarded with good" because God rewarded Scyld Scefing for being a good king by giving him a boy named Beow.
Scyld Scefing was one king of the Spear-Danes. He was a great leader and he was awarded Beow, a young boy, for his good deeds.
Beow is the young boy God awarded the Spear-Danes. He gives gifts and makes friends, which is key to be king.
: The main characters that are
introduced in the overview but also important in the story were:
Hrothgar: The beloved king of Sweden that built Hall Heorot
Grendel: The demon, a descendent of Cain, that hates sounds of happiness and celebration. He was Hall Heroet's terrible flaw.
A group called the Spear-Danes is a kingdom ruled by Scyld Scefing who is a great leader. For his good doings, God gifts a boy, Beow, who makes friends and gives gifts like kingsmen at a young age.
In chapter 2, the characters, Hrothgar and his men, are asleep at night in Hall Heorot after drinking. Grendel, a beast of the swamp, snatches thirty of Hrothgar's men, and took them back to his lair. Grendel refused to stop and Hrothgar's advisors made offerings to pagan gods and asked devils to come to their aid. They had very little hope.

: Hall Heorot at night when everyone of Hrothgar's men was asleep after drinking.
: Grendel, Hrothgar and his men.
: The theme of chapter 2 is: "there is always evil in the world." This is the theme because even thought Heorot was a strong place, and they had a strong leader, but evil is always lurking around and could hurt and destroy at any time like how Grendel struck out on the innocent people of Heorot.
: One symbol in chapter 2 is the night. This is a symbol because it represents the time when Hrothgar is not the leader and when evil takes over.
: One motif in chapter 2 is fear. This is a motif because this is the feeling that the people of Heorot get when the day comes to a close and evil consumes and destroys everything it can.

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Motifs: One motif in chapter one is relationship, relationship is very important and recurring throughout the story because many of the characters or knew each other or were related, were related.
Symbols: Beowulf represents a savior to hall heoret and its people. Also he represents a noble kingsmen.
In chapter 3, in the nearby kingdom of the Geats, Hygelac, the ruler, hears of the unimaginable terror of which Heorot was enduring. When the greatest warrior of Hygelac learns of Grendel and Heorot, he orders a warship to be at the ready ASAP. He told the kingdom of the Geats that he would sail to the aid of Hrothgar with 14 of Hygelac's best warriors to defeat the terrible Grendel. Once the heros entered Heorot's land, a guard comes and speaks with them, shaking and asking who they were, why they were here, etc.
: first the warriors were in the kingdom of the Geats, then traveling over seas on a warship heading towards Heorot, and finally on Heorot's land on a cliff towards the shore.
: Hrothgar, Grendel, Hygelac (the ruler of the Geats), Hygelac's greatest warrior, 14 of the kingdom of the Geats best warriors, and one of Hrothgar's guard.
: The theme of chapter 3 is: "There is always help available." This is the theme because in Hrothgar's time of need, help came from the Geats, who were willing to sacrafice their lives to defeat Heorot's beast.
: One of the symbols of chapter 3 is the great warrior. This man is a symbol because he represents the help that comes to your aid. The great warrior was going to Hrothgar to help him defeat the beast Grendel so that his kingdom would be at peace.
: One of the motifs of chapter 3 is the great warrior's willingness. This is a motif because it shows the bravery, honesty, passion, and innocence that a person can represent which rings throughout the entire story.
To him the stateliest spake in answer;
the warriors' leader his word-hoard unlocked: --
"We are by kin of the clan of Geats,
and Hygelac's own hearth-fellows we.
To folk afar was my father known,
noble atheling, Ecgtheow named.
Full of winters, he fared away
aged from earth; he is honored still
through width of the world by wise men all.
To thy lord and liege in loyal mood
we hasten hither, to Healfdene's son,
people-protector: be pleased to advise us!
To that mighty-one come we on mickle errand,
to the lord of the Danes; nor deem I right
that aught be hidden. We hear -- thou knowest
if sooth it is -- the saying of men,
that amid the Scyldings a scathing monster,
dark ill-doer, in dusky nights
shows terrific his rage unmatched,
hatred and murder.
He spoke a speech - We are the Geats, and Hygelac's spirit is with us. He was known by everybody. He is honored throuought the earth although he is gone.We stand here today in honor of him. For him we are here. A monster in the night is vicious.
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: Went he forth to find at fall of night thatthe haughty house, and heed wherever the Ring-Danes, outrevelled, to rest had gone. Found within the atheling band asleep after feasting and fearless of sorrow, of human hardship. Unhallowed wight, grim and greedy, he grasped bedtimes, wrathful, reckless,from resting-places, thirty of the thanes, and thence he rushed fain of his fell spoil, faring homeward, laden with slaughter, his lair to seek. Then at the dawning, as day was breaking, the might of Grendel to men was known; then after wassail was wail uplifted, loud moan in the morn. The mighty chief, atheling excellent, unblithe sat, labored in woe for the loss of his thanes, when once had been traced the trail of the fiend, spirit accurst: too cruel that sorrow, too long, too loathsome. Not late the respite; with night returning, anew began ruthless murder; he recked no whit, firm in his guilt, of the feud and crime. They were easy to find who elsewhere sought in room remote their rest at night, bed in the bowers, when that bale was shown, was seen in sooth, with surest token, -- the hall-thane's hate. Such held themselves far and fast who the fiend outran! Thus ruled unrighteous and raged his fill one against all; until empty stood that lordly building, and long it bode so. Twelve years'tide the trouble he bore, sovran of Scylidings, sorrows in plenty, boundless cares.
:Grendel went to the hall, and paid attention wherever the Ring-Danes, who were tired from partying, had gone to rest. He went within the atheling band who were asleep after feasting. Unconsecrated people, grim and greedy, Grendel grasped for night, angry, wrathful, reckless. He grabbed thirty of the thanes, and raced homeward to his lair with the slaughter. In the morning, the terrible crime Grendel committed was known to all of the citizens in Heorot. All of the people grieved for the slaughtered. Hrothgar sat solemn for the loss of his people. Again the ruthless murder struck the next night. Grendel easily found the people who were in hiding, when the victims ran, he easily outran them. Grendel raged and killed the humans in the hall each night until the great building stood empty for twelve years.
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: Thus seethed unceasing the son of Healfdene with the woe of these days; not wisest men assuaged in his sorrow; too sore the anguish, loathly and long, that lay on his folk, most baneful of burdens and bales of the night. This heard in his home Hygelac's thane, great among Geats, of Grendel's doings. He was the mightiest man of valor in that same day of this our life, stalwart and stately. A stout wave-walker he bade make ready. Yon battle-king, said he, far o'er the swan-road he fain would seek, the noble monarch who needed men! The prince's journey by prudent folk was little blamed, though they loved him dear; they whetted the hero, and hailed good omens. And now the bold one from bands of Geats comrades chose, the keenest of warrior e'er he could find; with fourteen men the sea-wood he sought, and, sailor proved, led them on to the land's confines. Time had now flown; afloat was the ship, boat under bluff. On board they climbed, warriors ready; waves were churning sea with sand; the sailor bore on the breast of the bark their bright array, their mail and weapons: the men pushed off, oon its willing way, the well-braced craft. Then moved o'er the waters by might of the wind that bark likea bird with breast of foam, till in season due, on the second day, the curved prow such course had run that sailors now could see the land, sea-cliffs shining, steep high hills, headlands broad. Their haven was found, their journey ended.
: Hrothgar was very depressed because of the terrible murders Grendel was committing, not even his wisest men could not soothe his overwhelming sorrow. This news of Grendel terrorizing Heorot spread to Hypelac's thane, in the kingdom of the Geats. There was a mighty worrior in HYgelac's kindom who, once heard of Grendel's doing's, ordered for a warship to be ready to sail. He said far over the ocean, he would find the noble monarch who needed help. The prudent people of the kingdom of Geats loved him dear, but let him go to battle the beast Grendel. The people gave him good omens. Then the great warrior picked the keenest of warriors and brought the fourteen of them with him on his journey. They came aboard the ship and sailed the sea, their weapons and mail ready. The weather was perfect for sailing and the warriors had a good trip over the sea. On the second day of sailing, the warriors reached their destination. Their journey was over.
Theme: A theme in chapter one is that no matter how unlikely it seems, good always overcomes evil like when Beowulf destroys Grendel.
The Spear-Danes were mighty people who were very victorious.

For the leader’s good deeds he was repaid with wealth, fame, and many gifts.
A son was born who was said to be blessed by god as he acted like a kingsman from the beginning.

The son was an asset to the Spear-Danes as he helped with war and also became famous in the clans.
But Scyld dies, and his loving clansmen prepare a proper burial for the leader that ruled greatly.

As the king wished, they lay him down on a boat and get ready to send him out to sea.

They fetched treasure to send him to sea with to honor him.

No ship ever seen was so filled with weapons and treasure that layed atop the noble kings chest.

The king was sent out to sea, but his legacy was left by his son.
The kings son watched as the gold banner waved and the kings boat drifted away.
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