Epic Hero1

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This presentation is a work in progress. I began it to share with a 12th grade British Lit class. It was used with the Anglo-Saxon period and Beowulf.

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Epic Hero1

  1. 1. Characteristics of an Beowulf EPIC HERO
  2. 2. EPIC HERO <ul><li>A EPIC HERO is the central figure in a long narrative that reflects the values and heroic ideals of a particular society. An EPIC is a quest story on a grand scale. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>IS SIGNIGICANT AND GLORIFIED </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Is on a quest </li></ul><ul><li>Quest: a journey or search </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Has superior or superhuman strength, intelligence, and/or courage </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Is ethical </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Risks death for glory or for the greater good of society </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Performs brave deeds </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Is a strong and responsible leader </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Reflects the ideals of a particular society </li></ul>
  11. 11. Literary Terms <ul><li>Alliteration </li></ul><ul><li>Kennings </li></ul>
  12. 12. ALLITERATION <ul><li>Alliteration refers to a repetition of CONSONANT sounds in a line of verse. </li></ul>
  13. 13. EXAMPLE: <ul><li>“ The s ilken s ad un c ertain ru s tling of the curtain s …” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The l oony l ady l iked l icking l emon l o ll ipops. </li></ul>
  14. 14. KENNINGS <ul><li>A kenning is a specialized metaphor made of compound words and is “the staple of Anglo-Saxon literature that still finds a place in our language today” (Probst et al. 2000, p. 48). </li></ul>
  15. 15. EXAMPLES <ul><li>Gas guzzler </li></ul><ul><li>Swan road </li></ul><ul><li>Whale road </li></ul><ul><li>Sky candle </li></ul>
  16. 16. “ Scholars believe kennings filled three needs…” <ul><li>1. “Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon poetry depended heavily on alliteration, but neither language had a large vocabulary. Poets created the alliterative words they needed by combining existing words” (Probst et al., 2000, p. 49). </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>2. “Because the poetry was oral and had to be memorized, bards valued ready-made phrases. Such phrases made finished poetry easier to remember , and they gave bards time to think ahead when they were composing new poetry on the spot during a feast or ceremony” (Probst et al. 2000, p.49 ) </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>3. “ The increasingly complex structure of the kennings must have satisfied the early Norse and Anglo-Saxon people’s taste for elaboration” (Probst et al. 2000, p. 49) </li></ul>
  19. 19. IMPORTANT NAMES <ul><li>BEOWULF: GEAT, PROTAGONIST HERO of story </li></ul><ul><li>GRENDEL: DEMON, ANTAGONIST of story </li></ul><ul><li>HROTHGAR: King of the Danes </li></ul><ul><li>HEROT: Mead Hall name means “stag” or deer </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>UNFERTH: Arrogant Dane </li></ul><ul><li>WELTHOW: Hrothgar’s wife, queen of the Danes </li></ul><ul><li>WIGLAF: Geat warrior, MAY be related to Beowulf, One of Beowulf’s men </li></ul><ul><li>HRUNTING: A sword </li></ul>

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