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Warm Up. Think about yourself in ten years….what job will you have???? What skills can you develop now, in English class, that you will be able to use in your job? . Warm Up. Based on your notes from yesterday, what are three qualities of the epic hero ?
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Warm Up • Think about yourself in ten years….what job will you have???? • What skills can you develop now, in English class, that you will be able to use in your job?
Warm Up • Based on your notes from yesterday, what are three qualities of the epic hero? • Do we expect the same qualities or different qualities from today’s heroes?
The Epic Warrior • As American’s, we have many types of heroes. • The Anglo-Saxons recognized a single type of hero: the warrior. • This warrior embodies the values of the Anglo Saxons. • The main qualities of this hero: COURAGE, LOYALTY, and PHYSICAL STRENGTH.
Epic Warrior • Courage: by demonstrating courage, they could achieve fame and immortality. • Loyalty: to one’s lord and making decisions and guiding others. • Physical Strength: to overcome one’s enemies.
Warrior Society • Warlords protected his people from attack and led followers on adventures. • Warlords and his followers formed a tight knit group called comitatus. • The comitatus would offer complete loyalty to their warlord. • Warlords rewarded their bravest with treasure.
Oral Literature • Storytellers created heroic songs/poems that described actions of the warriors. • Minstrels performed these songs during banquets held in Mead-Halls. • Most people were illiterate, so these songs were their entertainment. • Warriors looked to these songs for inspiration and goals: win fame, be remembered after death for one’s actions.
Germanic and Christian Traditions • Germanic Tradition: -Mythology, depicting dark heroic tales. -No Afterlife: warriors primary goal was fame in his lifetime. • Christian Tradition: -Omnipotent God. -Afterlife. IN BEOWULF: We see a combination of both traditions.
Importance of Wyrd • For the average person, life was short/brief. • They believed that fate, which they called wyrd, controlled everything. • Wyrd : one’s ultimate and inescapable fate was death. • Hero: face this somber destiny with courage.
Read the Battle of Maldon, page 13 • In 75 words or more….answer the following question: Which values of the Anglo-Saxons does this passage represent? Each essay must have: topic sentence, body, and a conclusion. Use examples from the text.
Answer • Which values of the Anglo-Saxons does this passage represent? Courage, Loyalty, Endurance/Strength