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BEOWULF. Jot down a quick summary of the story, based on what you remember. Anglo Saxon Society. Even when they adopted Christianity, they valued heroic ideals and traditional values Culture valued human contact, family, virtue, and a good story Valued heroic code over tribal loyalties

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beowulf

BEOWULF

Jot down a quick summary of the story, based on what you remember.

anglo saxon society
Anglo Saxon Society
  • Even when they adopted Christianity, they valued heroic ideals and traditional values
  • Culture valued human contact, family, virtue, and a good story
    • Valued heroic code over tribal loyalties
  • Feared humiliation and loneliness
  • Desired richness, power, and valued heroic actions of warriors
heroic code
Heroic Code
  • Warriors
    • Strength, courage, loyalty
  • Kings
    • Generous to his thanes (warriors)
    • Show hospitality
    • Strong political leader
    • Anyone can become king
  • Society
    • A good reputation
characteristics of epic hero
Characteristics of Epic Hero
  • Is of noble of birth or high position; often of great historical or legendary importance
  • Character traits reflect important ideals of his society
  • Performs courageous (sometimes superhuman) deeds that reflect the values of the era
  • Actions of hero often determine the fate of a nation or group of people
characteristics of epic poem
Characteristics of Epic Poem
  • Setting is vast scope, often involving more than 1 nation
  • Plot is complicated by supernatural beings or events and may involve a long, dangerous journey
  • Poem reflects timeless values (ex: courage, honor)
  • Poem treats universal themes (ex: life and death; good and evil)
    • Major characters often deliver long, serious speeches
sir gawain and the green knight

SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT

Jot down a quick summary of what you remember from the plot.

codes of honor
Codes of Honor
  • What is a code of honor?
  • Why do they exist?
genre medieval romance
Genre: Medieval Romance
  • Usually idealizes chivalry.
  • Idealizes the hero-knight and his noble deeds.
  • An important element is the knight’s love for his lady.
  • The settings tend to be imaginary and vague.
  • Derives mystery and suspense from supernatural elements.
  • Uses concealed or disguised identity.
the canterbury tales

THE CANTERBURY TALES

What was the whole point of the story? What genre was Chaucer writing?

genre estates satire
Genre: Estates Satire
  • The Norton Anthology of English Literature describes the duty of estate satire: "They set forth the functions and duties of each estate and castigate the failure of the estates in the present world to live up to their divinely assigned social roles" (W.W. Norton and Company).
  • The First Estate, the Church, consisted of those who ran the Catholic church and part of the country. They were the recipients of the tithe or the 10% tax given to the Church.
  • The Second Estate, the Nobility, were royalty, not including the King. They were never taxed but could collect taxes from the Third Estate, and had other special privileges.
  • The Third Estate, the Peasantry, is the largest consisting of around 96% of the population (UCL), and included everyone from farmers to business men. They had none of the privileges or luxuries that the first two estates had.
genre parable
Genre: Parable
  • What two things must parables include?
  • What examples of parables can you think of?
genre relationship marriage tale
Genre: Relationship (Marriage) Tale
  • What should relationship tales include?
  • What controversial topic did the Wife of Bath’s Tale discuss? Why/How is this still relevant today?
symbolism
Symbolism
  • What symbols do you recall from the characters in the CT General Prologue?
irony
Irony
  • Verbal: In general terms, sarcasm
  • Dramatic: The audience knows something that the characters in the literature do not.
  • Situational Irony: When there is a discrepancy between what is expected and what actually happens.
  • WHERE DO WE SEE THESE?
grammar

GRAMMAR

Sentences, Commas, and Semicolons(See in-class materials for more info; this is not a complete review!)

sentence variety2
Sentence Variety

Answers:

1. Simple 2. compound

3. Complex 4. complex

5. Simple 6. compound

ANSWERS