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Main Characters In Beowul

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JG Ford

on 29 August 2014

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Transcript of Main Characters In Beowul

Character List
Beowulf, an ideal warrior of the Geats and the hero of the poem
Dragon, a fire-breathing, snake-like monster that terrorizes the Geats
Grendel, a monster with human qualities that terrorizes Herot for 12 years
Grendel's mother, a monster that also terrorizes Herot
Hrothgar, Danish king and builder of Herot
Higlac, king of the Geats and uncle of Beowulf
Shild, legendary king of the Danes and great grandfather of Hrothgar
Unferth, a warrior in Hrothgar's court who challenges Beowulf's bravery
Welthow, Hrothgar's wife
Wiglaf, a young warrior and relative of Beowulf
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Extending Your Response
Some readers view Beowulf as a boastful glory seeker. Other readers view Beowulf as a noble, selfless man. With your neighbor, discuss each point of view. Try to come to a consensus on Beowulf's character. Then share your opinion with the class on padlet, supporting it with evidence (at least an example per person) from the poem.
Based on what you have read, what were the values of society during that time period.
Translated by Burton Raffel
Brainstorm a list of people who are admired as heroes, next to each person's name, write a few qualities that make that person a hero.
Recall a time when you defended a friend of family member? Why did you defend that person? Write about it in 3-4 sentences.
Make a prediction about what will happen in the next few pages of Beowulf.
Complete Responding Handout
Homework- Read "The Battle with Grendel" & "The Monster's Mother"
Learning For Life Activity
If Beowulf were to be told from a present day perspective, which super hero would be best cast as the hero? Explain in a brief paragraph.
What may have possibly motivated Grendel's behavior?
What is the theme, or main idea
developed in Beowulf?
Bellringer: Quickly copy the following
literary terms into your notebook.
Alliteration: A repetition in consonant sounds close together.
ex. She sells sea shells by the sea shore.
Kenning: two word metaphorical names for familiar things.
ex. bean counter

How does watching Beowulf change/aid your understanding of the poem? Do you consider it an accurate depiction? Why or Why not?
Think about Beowulf's response
to Unferth. List some things
that you are good at that
people tend to question.
Whole Class Boast
What book have you selected for your first Independent Reading Assignment?

Write a short
paragraph about
your plans for
the creative project
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