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  1. 1. Beowulf <ul><li>Story </li></ul><ul><li>Epic Poem </li></ul><ul><li>Supernatural elements </li></ul><ul><li>Themes </li></ul><ul><li>Style </li></ul>Raffaele Nardella http://www.public.asu.edu/~gelderen/beowulf2.jpg
  2. 2. The Story Raffaele Nardella Beowulf http://mcgoodwin.net/pages/beowulf.html Beowulf Grendel Kingdom of Heorot Dragon Wiglaf
  3. 3. An Epic Poem <ul><li>Beowulf  “Bear” </li></ul><ul><li>Courtly ideal of warrior </li></ul><ul><li>Superhuman powers </li></ul>Beowulf Raffaele Nardella http://www.library.unr.edu/subjects/guides/beowulf.html
  4. 4. Supernatural characters <ul><li>Grendel </li></ul><ul><li>Grendel’s Mother </li></ul><ul><li>Dragon </li></ul>Beowulf Raffaele Nardella http://beowulf.engl.uky.edu/images/BeowulfSEproject-thumb.jpg
  5. 5. Themes <ul><li>Society </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Fame </li></ul><ul><li>Nature </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(supernatural character) </li></ul></ul></ul>http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/exhibits/text/beohean.jpg Beowulf Raffaele Nardella
  6. 6. Style <ul><li>Rich Language Vigorous Style </li></ul><ul><li>Alliterations </li></ul><ul><li>Stock formulae </li></ul><ul><li>Parallelism </li></ul><ul><li>Antithesis </li></ul>Beowulf Raffaele Nardella http://www.englishmonarchs.co.uk/images/hoo_helmet.jpg http://www.kcrhine.com/book_illustration/images/Beowulf.jpg
  7. 7. The Prologue Lines 1-25 Hwæt, we gardena in geardagum, Lo! We of the spear-Danes in days of old,   þeodcyninga þrym gefrunon have heard of the greatness of the kings   hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon. how the princes carried out deeds of valour.   Oft Scyld Scefing sceaþena þreatum, Often Scyld Scefing from troops of foes,   monegum mægþum meodosetla ofteah, from many nations took mead benches away.   egsode eorlas, syððan ærest wearð He terrified the earls, after he was first   feasceaft funden; he þæs frofre gebad found destitute. He received consolation for that,   weox under wolcnum weorðmyndum þah, prospered under the heavens, lived in high honour   oð þæt him æghwylc ymbsittendra until each of the neighbouring peoples   ofer hronrade hyran scolde, across the whale-road had to obey him   gomban gyldan; þæt wæs god cyning. pay him tribute. That was a good king! http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/lang_gallery_01.shtml Beowulf Raffaele Nardella
  8. 8. The Movie Beowulf Raffaele Nardella

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