Monday, October 1, 2007

Scribe For Monday October 1st

College scholarships (Due 10/15)
Test-Beowulf 2 in class essay questions (10/8)
Quiz over Beowulf 1-11 (Wednesday)

Notes on Beowulf 1-7
1. Good vs. evil, Christianity replacing Celtic religion by creation of the world, Grendel comes from hell on earth, spawned in slime( evil, monster) born of jealousy
2. Gathering in hall/herot same as Anglo Saxon, Grendel=Shadow of death which is a kenning-combination of words to describe something
3. Beowulf- stronger and greater than anyone anywhere in the world
4. Leaves weapons behind- Hrothgar is cautious, Beowulf shows good leadership beginning at 134, God must decide who will be given to death's cold grip-Fate in hands of god
6. Unferth's challenge: Questioning of Beowulf, god is doing things that were unaware of
7. Gold ring queen (kenning) Beowulf puts Ecglaf in his place which makes Hrothgar realize his power

Good Evil
Creation Spawn of slime
Gathering at Herot Grendel
Hrothgar's throne Cain-jealousy
Protected by god Hell on earth
God above king

Gathering at hall
influence of Christianity
God protects Hrothgar's throne
Sacrificed to old stone
Loyalty- repayment for deeds

Epic Hero
Larger than life figure from a history of legend, participates in cyclical journey or quest, faces adversaries that try to defeat him in his journey, returns home significantly transformed by his journey, recurring charaters in the legends of their native culture

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