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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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  • 1. Characteristics of an Beowulf EPIC HERO
  • 2. 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.
  • 3.
    • IS SIGNIGICANT AND GLORIFIED
  • 4.
    • Is on a quest
    • Quest: a journey or search
  • 5.
    • Has superior or superhuman strength, intelligence, and/or courage
  • 6.
    • Is ethical
  • 7.
    • Risks death for glory or for the greater good of society
  • 8.
    • Performs brave deeds
  • 9.
    • Is a strong and responsible leader
  • 10.
    • Reflects the ideals of a particular society
  • 11. Literary Terms
    • Alliteration
    • Kennings
  • 12. ALLITERATION
    • Alliteration refers to a repetition of CONSONANT sounds in a line of verse.
  • 13. 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.
  • 14. 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).
  • 15. EXAMPLES
    • Gas guzzler
    • Swan road
    • Whale road
    • Sky candle
  • 16. “ 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).
  • 17.
    • 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 )
  • 18.
    • 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)
  • 19. 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
  • 20.
    • 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