3BackgroundEpic – a long narrative poem, sometimes developed orally, that celebrates the deeds of a legendary or heroic figureLegendary hero – larger than life character whose accomplishments are celebrated in traditional talesBoastful self-confidenceFeats of strengthVictories in battleBeowulf – GeatHrothgar – DaneThe clergy was the first group to record the story of Beowulf.
4BackgroundAt the time Beowulf was recorded, Christianity was spreading through Europe.Elements of the story are indicative of the struggle between paganism and Christianity that was occurring at the time.BeowulfChrist-like figureGrendel’s motherBiblical portrayals of women
5The Wrath of Grendel/The Coming of Beowulf/The Battle with Grendel What does the story of Grendel’s origins suggest about the beliefs of Anglo-Saxon culture?Terrorized by Grendel, Hrothgar and his followers face “Twelve winters of grief.” How does the length of their suffering increase the epic feelings of this tale?How do word choice and stylistic features of the watchman’s speech add a serious epic tone to his question? (Page 43)How do Beowulf’s boasts of great deeds and his announcement of his plan establish him as a hero?How do the “renamings” of Grendel in Line 325 emphasize the significance of the battle that is about to begin?Which details from the description of the battle between Beowulf and Grendel add realism? Which details add epic grandness? (Page 48)CP
6ClassworkExamine the role of religion in the story. Look for examples of conflict between Christianity and paganism.
7HomeworkRead The Monsters’ Lair and The Battle with Grendel’s Mother, pages 49-53, and answer corresponding questions.
8Do NowWomen are often portrayed in literature in stereotypical ways. Which stereotypes have you seen in other novels or stories you’ve read?
9The Monsters' Lair/The Battle with Grendel's Mother How does the setting of the battle add to its epic significance? Consider what it shows about the realms in which Beowulf has power.How is Grendel’s mother described in these sections? How does this fit in with stereotypes of women that you have previously encountered in literature?Biblical portrayals of womenPerfect and angelicTemptresses and prostitutesEve
10ClassworkLook for descriptions of Grendel’s mother in the story. Take note of how she is portrayed and how her portrayal is stereotypical of women in literature.
11HomeworkRead The Last Battle, The Spoils, and The Farewell, pages 54-60, and answer corresponding questions.
12Do NowWhat are the possible benefits and disadvantages of living a solitary life?
13The Last Battle, The Spoils, and The Farewell According to Wiglaf, what is Beowulf’s relationship with his followers like?What does Wiglaf’s decision suggest about the way in which a legendary hero can inspire heroism in others?In Beowulf’s death scene, what is shown about the importance in warrior culture of the commem0ration of individuals after death?CP
14ClassworkLook for connections between Beowulf and other solitary figures in history and literature. In a short speech, justify why it was or was not necessary for Beowulf to be a lonely character in order to be successful.
16Quiz Quote identification Spelling counts – you must spell characters’ names correctly.You are responsible for everything from the PowerPoint.Definitions, examples, etc.You must provide concrete, specific examples from the story to receive full credit on all open-ended questions.