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					 Elements of the chivalric hero

     EXAM ESSAY:
 COMPARE/CONTRAST
 THE EPIC (BEOWULF),
   CHIVALRIC (SG)
AND TRAGIC (MACBETH)
       HEROES
               Epic versus chivalric

 Whereas the epic hero fights only when
  circumstances require, the chivalric hero
  sets out to find a test or adventure
 Epic is particular to a nation or people
  (which in the case of Beowulf?), the field
  on which the chivalric hero performs is a
  dream reality. In this poem, the miraculous
  surprises the chivalric hero very little.
 The epic hero is tested in physical combat
  while the chivalric hero’s task is spiritual
                  Changing of an era

 The epic hero was the poetry of a people in
    constant battle (what people?), fighting for survival
   A time of feudalism brought the characteristics of the
    chivalric hero
   This was a time of peace when knights could go
    questing
   The large leisure class wanted to be entertained
   This new hero, the chivalric hero, is attuned to the
                niceties of conduct and the values of
                courtly life
                   Common ground

 Both the epic and the chivalric hero are led by an
    honorable heroic code
   They never fight a foe who is weaker or
    disadvantaged (How does Beowulf exemplify this?)
   Journey/initiation/quest: Note where they travel and
    why
   Fate (‘wyrd’) is present with both
   Both accept their failures and stand up to
    insurmountable odds
                Quotes of support

 Your final exam essay will require quotes of support
  from each of these poems
 Build your argument
 Cite the lines


 This is a GRADED ASSIGNMENT, which is
 due either at the end of the period or turned
 in tomorrow after you complete it for
 homework

				
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