9/23/2013 6:48:00 AM
Epic (grand)- Usually quite long.
-usually does not focus on an individual
Lots ‘Kennings’ in the book
-Alliteration is a form of repetition
Why are they engaging in constant flyting?
Sometimes people are exchanging goods. Ex; women, stories, or goods.
Wergild = man gold (fee-money) (line 470)
Beowulf’s father swore an oath to heorogar (heorargar settled a feud for
Heorogar brings a theme of pride. Shows Beowulf to not be prideful an
subtly advices on how to be a great king
Also cautions him about old age (it will be harder to rule as you get older)
The ‘epic’ is historical, time is compressed
Digression; epics speak to one another and link together some how and
An idea that fate plays a key role in this text
First 2200 lines of poem focuses on Beouwulf as a younger guy
Beouwulf offers a type of thesis (line 573-575)
Beouwulf fights Grendel and cuts his arm off
Not exactly sure what Grendel is. Described in many different ways (He,
it, thing, toll, ogre etc)
Grendel’s mother is now described (1500)
1557 Beouwulf realizes that his sword won’t work. Grendel is unnatural.
Found a larger sword, and assumed that this sword may work on a giant
What is this blade that is better than the other blades? What is so special
about this blade that is able to kill Grendel and his mother?
Beouwulf returns to heorargar to tell him about this successfulness.