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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.

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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    • Characteristics of an Beowulf EPIC HERO
    • EPIC HERO
      • 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.
      • IS SIGNIGICANT AND GLORIFIED
      • Is on a quest
      • Quest: a journey or search
      • Has superior or superhuman strength, intelligence, and/or courage
      • Is ethical
      • Risks death for glory or for the greater good of society
      • Performs brave deeds
      • Is a strong and responsible leader
      • Reflects the ideals of a particular society
    • Literary Terms
      • Alliteration
      • Kennings
    • ALLITERATION
      • Alliteration refers to a repetition of CONSONANT sounds in a line of verse.
    • EXAMPLE:
      • “ The s ilken s ad un c ertain ru s tling of the curtain s …”
        • From “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe
      • The l oony l ady l iked l icking l emon l o ll ipops.
    • KENNINGS
      • 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).
    • EXAMPLES
      • Gas guzzler
      • Swan road
      • Whale road
      • Sky candle
    • “ Scholars believe kennings filled three needs…”
      • 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).
      • 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 )
      • 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)
    • IMPORTANT NAMES
      • BEOWULF: GEAT, PROTAGONIST HERO of story
      • GRENDEL: DEMON, ANTAGONIST of story
      • HROTHGAR: King of the Danes
      • HEROT: Mead Hall name means “stag” or deer
      • UNFERTH: Arrogant Dane
      • WELTHOW: Hrothgar’s wife, queen of the Danes
      • WIGLAF: Geat warrior, MAY be related to Beowulf, One of Beowulf’s men
      • HRUNTING: A sword