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1 Beowulf Anglo Saxon

2 Example 1: God Page 115 “I barley survived the battle underwater. I was hard-fought, a desperate affair that could have gone badly; if God had not helped me, the outcome would have been quick and fatal.” Page 15 “The Almighty Judge of good deeds and bad, the Lord God, Head of the Heavens and High King of the World,…”

3 Example 2: Victory Celebrations Page 67 “Then the due time arrived for Halfdane’s son to proceed to the hall, the King himself would sit down to feast. No group ever gathered in greater numbers or better order around their ring-giver.”

4 Blending of Religion The blending of Pagan and Christian ideas is a trait of Anglo-Saxon culture.

5 Example 3: Blending Religion Page 13 “Sometimes at pagan shrines they vowed offering to idols, swore oaths that the killer of souls might come to their aid and save the people. That was their way, their heathenish hope; deep in their hearts they remembered hell. The Almighty Judge of good deeds and bad, the Lord God, Head of the Heavens and High King of the World, was unknown to them. Oh, cursed is he who in time of trouble has to thrust his soul in the fire’s embrace, forfeiting help; he has nowhere to turn. But blessed is he who after death can approach the Lord and find friendship in the Father’s embrace.”

6 Example 4: Gifting Page 69 “Then Halfdane’s son presented Beowulf with a standard of gold as a victory gift, an embroidered banner; also breast-mail and a helmet; and a sword carried high,…”

7 Example 5: Funeral Page 211 “The Geat people built a pyre for Beowulf, stacked and decked it until it stood four square, hung with helmets, heavy war- sheilds, and shinning armor, just as he had ordered.”

8 How is Beowulf Poetic? Alliteration in Old English form- “modges mere-faran, micel æfpunca,…” line 502 It also follows a verse form

9 How is Beowulf Heroic? It follows the heroic journey pattern - “Beowulf is my name. If your lord and master, the most renowned son of Halfdane, will hear me out and graciously allow me to greet him in person, I am ready and willing to report my errand.” lines =beginning of quest - “On a height they kindled the hugest of all funeral pyres; fumes of woodsmoke billowed darkly up, the blaze roared and drowned out their weeping,…” lines =return/completion

10 How is Beowulf part of the Oral Tradition? It is part of the oral tradition because it was first written down in English in That means that it was handed down orally until then. Historical Evidence: All of the historical evidence presented in the poem helps show the oral tradition in Beowulf.

11 Impact of Anglo-Saxon language on today’s language Many of the themes from Beowulf are still used in English literature today - The Heroic Journey

12 How is Beowulf a Product of its Time? Shows the Anglo-Saxon culture - The poem shows how they all valued religion. - It also shows many of the cultural values of the time: -Heroism

13 Beowulf’s influence on modern Literature The Epic Hero can be found in many different forms today - Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Jason Bourne, James Bond The Epic Hero has influenced more than just literature. It can also be found in tons of movies.


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