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Warm Up

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  1. 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?

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.


  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Answer • Which values of the Anglo-Saxons does this passage represent? Courage, Loyalty, Endurance/Strength