Beowulf Journal How do you think the hero works in society? Choose ONE hero that you have seen represented in the MEDIA—that’s tv, music, in the news, etc. What are the qualities that make this individual a hero? What affect does this have on society or expression? This is a huge open-ended question! Go with your gut! Find someone or something that amuses you! You do not need to agree with this person as a hero! What is a hero? Do heroes still exist in our culture? What role do heroes play? What can a hero tell us about our society? Is Batman a hero? What about Wolverine? John McCain Why read Beowulf? First known English action fiction The only surviving epic of early Anglo-Saxon literature Thomas Jefferson saw Anglo-Saxon society, particularly the mythical heroes Hengst & Horsa, as emblems of American democracy. National Mythology A poem about Vikings and violence in Scandinavia Written by two unknown monks in England between 600 and 1000 AD Epic A long narrative poem describing the adventures and deeds of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation What epics have you read or heard about? What kinds of characteristics does an epic have? Epic Conventions: What makes an epic? The hero is “larger than life,” being of great (inter)national stature. The setting is vast in scope, covering large geographical distances The action consists of deeds of great valor or superhuman courage Epic Conventions Supernatural forces-- gods, angels and demons-- interest themselves in the action and intervene at times An elevated or formal style The poet remains objective Additional Epic Conventions! Opens by stating the theme and often invokes a muse Narrative begins in medias res, meaning “in the middle of things” with the hero at a low point. Earlier events are told as flashbacks. Epic simile:differs from the ordinary simile by being grand, ornate or extraordinary. Who is your epic hero? Muhammad Ali? What are examples of modern epics? How might these characteristics apply? Share with your table group! Examples: Braveheart, Star Wars, Troy, Terminator, Troy, 300, Gladiator, Gone with the Wind, Glory Options: Predict-a-Quote OR Jigsaw reading Day 2- Journal “So young men build The future, wisely open-handed in peace, Protected in war; so warriors earn Their fame, and wealth is shaped with a sword.” Does war bring peace in society or does it just bring more war? Are “fame” and “wealth” satisfying in themselves? What current references resemble this quote from Beowulf? In Translation Know it! Heard No clue! it/Seen it Modern/Middle /Old Shakespeare Chaucer Beowulf Chaucer Whan that aprill with his shoures soote The droghte of march hath perced to the root, And bathed every veyne in swish licour Of which vertu engendred is the flour; Whan zephirus eek with his sweete breeth Inspired hath in every holt and heeth Tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne Hath in the ram his halve cours yronne, And smale foweles maken melodye, That slepen al the nyght with open ye So priketh hem nature in hir corage; Thanne longen folk to goon on prilgrimages, And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes Old English Prologue & Chapter 1 Details: Shild- funeral, abandoned child, Danes-kingless & miserable Hrothgar- Herot Grendel- descended from Cain Ideas/Questions Why does the book begin with a funeral? Why does Hrothgar build Herot? Why does Herot burn? Why does Grendel dislike the Danes? Hrothgar and Grendel Summary- “A powerful monster living down in the darkness, growled in pain, impatient As day after day, the music rang loud in the hall, sung Of the ancient beginning of us all.” Day 3 Visual Beowulf Lego Beowulf List 5 elements of the plot in the order that they appear QuickTime™ and a decompressor Describe one are needed to see this picture. “modernization” to this Beowulf. Why is this significant?