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Unferth. Aaron Oberstadt Ashley Lee Briana Manjarrez Camrin Elliott Joshua Morrison Kat Kong Alisi Mudaliar. Vocabulary. “Envy” (502) “Clever” (588) “Quick tongue” (588) “Damnation” (589) “Boaster” (980) “Forthright” (1164) “ Brehon ” (1457). Characterization. Far in the past:

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Unferth

Unferth

Aaron Oberstadt

Ashley Lee

Briana Manjarrez

Camrin Elliott

Joshua Morrison

Kat Kong

AlisiMudaliar


Vocabulary
Vocabulary

  • “Envy” (502)

  • “Clever” (588)

  • “Quick tongue” (588)

  • “Damnation” (589)

  • “Boaster” (980)

  • “Forthright” (1164)

  • “Brehon” (1457)


Characterization
Characterization

  • Far in the past:

    • “‘You killed your own kith and kin.’” (587)

    • Untrustworthy, betrayer

  • To Beowulf, in attempt to defame him:

    • “‘No matter, therefore, how you may have fared in every bout and battle until now, this time you’ll be worsted…’” (525-527)

    • Prideful butt


Characterization cont
Characterization (cont.)

  • After the defeat of Grendel:

    • “There was less tampering and big talk then from Unferth the boaster, less of his blather as the hall-thanes eyed the awful proof of the hero’s prowess.” (979-982)

    • Humbled only by great means

  • Before the battle with Gendel’s Mother:

    • “…the brehon handed him a hilted weapon, a rare and ancient sword named Hrunting.” (1457-1458) “…he lent that blade to the better swordsman.” (1465)

    • Willing to give to the altogether cause, so not the worst bloke ever


Imagery
Imagery

  • “He could not brook or abide the fact that anyone else alive under heaven might enjoy greater regard than he did.” (503-505)

  • “You killed your own kith and kin” (587)

  • “Under a cloud for killing his brothers” (1166)

  • “He was not man enough to face the turmoil of the fight underwater and the risk to his life” (1468-1470)

  • Altogether, a negatively viewed character


Symbolism
Symbolism

  • Unferth

    • Sin

      • “[He] killed [his] own kith and kin.” (587)

    • Pride and Envy

      • “…he could not brook or abide the fact that anyone alive under heaven might enjoy greater regard than he did.”


Tone

  • NEGATIVE; Bad person

    • “[He] killed [his] own kith and kin.” (587)

    • Sought Beowulf’s defamation: “It was sheer vanity made you venture out…the sea-test obsessed you. …So Breca made good his boast upon you.” (509-524)


Tone cont
Tone (cont.)

  • Seeks dominance above all other men until proven the lesser man; very prideful

    • “Unferth…spoke contrary words. Beowulf’s coming, his sea braving, made him sick with envy: he could not brook or abide the fact that anyone alive under heaven might enjoy greater regard than he did.” (500-505)

    • “…He lent that blade to the better swordsman, Unferth…could hardly have remembered the ranting speech he had made in his cups.” (1465-1468)


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