Presentation on theme: "Elements of the chivalric hero"— Presentation transcript:
1 Elements of the chivalric hero Exam essay: Compare/contrastThe epic (beowulf),Chivalric (SG)And tragic (macbeth)heroes
2 Epic versus chivalricWhereas the epic hero fights only when circumstances require, the chivalric hero sets out to find a test or adventureEpic 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
3 Changing of an eraThe epic hero was the poetry of a people in constant battle (what people?), fighting for survivalA time of feudalism brought the characteristics of the chivalric heroThis was a time of peace when knights could go questingThe large leisure class wanted to be entertainedThis new hero, the chivalric hero, is attuned to the niceties of conduct and the values of courtly life
4 Common groundBoth the epic and the chivalric hero are led by an honorable heroic codeThey never fight a foe who is weaker or disadvantaged (How does Beowulf exemplify this?)Journey/initiation/quest: Note where they travel and whyFate (‘wyrd’) is present with bothBoth accept their failures and stand up to insurmountable odds
5 Quotes of supportYour final exam essay will require quotes of support from each of these poemsBuild your argumentCite the linesThis 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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