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Do Now: 9-16. Copy the following vocabulary words and definitions from Beowulf in your college ruled notebook that you use for notes. 1. reparation- compensation for a wrong 2. solace- comfort; relief 3. purge- purify; cleanse 4. writhing- making twisting or turning motions

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Do now 9 16
Do Now: 9-16

  • Copy the following vocabulary words and definitions from Beowulf in your college ruled notebook that you use for notes.

  • 1. reparation- compensation for a wrong

  • 2. solace- comfort; relief

  • 3. purge- purify; cleanse

  • 4. writhing- making twisting or turning motions

  • 5. massive- big and solid; bulky

  • 6. loathsome- disgusting


Aim

  • To understand the background of time period of Beowulf, the background of Beowulf and epics


Background on time period of beowulf
Background on Time Period of Beowulf

  • Took place in 6th century Scandinavia

  • Originally told in Old English

  • Old English-language spoken by Anglo-Saxons of England during years 500 to 1100

  • Few people were able to read during Britain’s Anglo-Saxon period

  • Stories passed along by word of mouth


Religious elements of beowulf
Religious Elements of Beowulf

  • England was changing from pagan to Christian culture when Beowulf was composed.

  • Pagan Anglo-Saxons told grim tales of life ruled by fate: tales in which people struggled against monsters for their place in the world.

  • Christian missionaries taught them that human beings + their choices of good or evil were at center of creation.

  • Beowulf reflects both pagan and Christian traditions


Summary of beowulf
Summary of Beowulf

  • Action packed narrative with highly dramatic language

  • Characters almost all kings, princes + heroic followers

  • Plot concentrated by powerful man-eating monsters

  • Main character Beowulf posses magical qualities

  • Name means “bear” “wolf”


Epics
Epics

  • Epic- long narrative poem that celebrates heroic deeds and legendary events.

  • Among earliest forms of literature

  • Reveal the values of peoples who created them

  • Celebrate exploits of a legendary, or epic, hero, a larger-than-life character.


Types of epics
Types of Epics

  • Folk epics- stories about heroes passed down orally (Beowulf)

  • Literary epics- composed by individual authors who drew on conventions of folk epics


Literary or formal characteristics of epics
Literary or formal characteristics of epics

  • Muse is supernatural force used for help in telling the story at beginning of an epic.

  • Plot begins with action already underway

  • Epic hero- central character set out on a quest, a dangerous journey that tests his spirit

  • Supernatural Force- deities that may watch over hero + monsters

  • Valorous Deeds- acts that reveal epic hero’s extraordinary qualities + reflect values cherished by culture

  • Elevated Style-contains lofty word choice (diction) that heightens importance of events retold


Homework 9 16
Homework: 9-16

  • Write a sentence for each vocabulary word on loose-leaf to be collected.


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