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  • 1. ►Religion was not spiritual ► a means of ensuring success in material things (harvest, victory)►King was the strongest warrior  not hereditary; it depended solely on his ability to win battles and so gain land, treasure, and slaves to give his supporters.►BATTLE- the favorite pastime
  • 2. ►Values  Loyalty  Fighting prowess  Courage►No positive afterlife  Straw death  Valhalla►Life ruled by WYRD
  • 3. ►The Anglo-Saxon idea of “Fate”►What will happen to you has already been determined by Wyrd►Three Aspects  Past  Present  Future►Weird
  • 4. Most epics share certain characteristics:►oral tradition  Scops►hero of imposing stature, national & historical importance►vast setting, covering great nations, the world or the universe
  • 5. Most epics share certain characteristics:►deeds require superhuman courage►Supernatural forces- gods, angels, demons►Elevated style of writing
  • 6. common in some but not all epics:►States the theme of the work►Appeal to a muse  epic question►In Medias Res (in the middle of things)
  • 7. ► Considered the greatest single work of Old English literature► 3,000-line folk epic► Hero► Social conditions► Germanic motives/ideals► Mixture of Pagan & Christian beliefs  Monks did the writing?
  • 8. ►Repetition of consonant sounds in lines of poetry  “Grim and greedy, his grip made ready, Snatched from their sleep with savage fury.”
  • 9. ►A form of figurativelanguage that acts assynonym for a simple noun.They are usuallypicturesque, metaphoricalcompounds.  “the sea-farer” = ship  “whale road”= ocean
  • 10. ►A form ofunderstatement inwhich a thing isaffirmed by stating thenegative of its opposite.  “He had no cause to love the Jutes.”  “Not bad.”