The scop tells the story of the Battle of Finnsburgh. I talk to students about the value of previewing what you read: it frontloads content into the reader's brain and helps the reader get a head start on processing complex text. This will aid students in understanding some of the literary devices and other stylistic techniques that appear in Beowulf. In previous scenes, Unferth is characterized as being a brother-slayer. Explain your definition and give examples. What purpose do they serve? Lower-ability students should be able to read and understand Beowulf with the help of plot summaries and class discussions. What had Herot symbolized before the coming of Grendel? In his speech at the beginning of the section, Beowulf settles his affairs.
Beowulf and his men prepare to return home. Consequently, many have pointed out that dís is probably the original term for the lit. Art — Create an artistic expression of a character, scene, or symbol in Beowulf. It is most important that they remember that Beowulf represents the Geats and that Hrothgar represents the Danes. Unfortunately, the sword fails to cut her.
But Grendel's Mother leaps at him and sits on his stomach, so Beowulf cannot move. Grendel approaches Heorot and tears open the doors. After listening to and seeing the words, discuss which words are similar to their modern-day counterparts. Anglo-Saxon warriors tended not to worry about their future because they believed it was out of their hands. Years later, after Higlac and his son Herdred die, Beowulf becomes king of the Geats. It was the force between good and evil.
We discuss Beowulf's belief that God decides fate and Grendel's inability to know God's love because is he a descendent of Cain, who killed his brother Abel out of jealousy over God's favor. Her brutal grip is nothing compared to the way Beowulf gripped her beloved curse son. This teaching guide is organized in three sections presenting suggestions to be used before Beowulf is read, while it is being read, and after the reading is completed. The fight took place in his territory and he had the upper hand throughout he whole battle. The head is so large that they need four strong men to carry it.
He even attempts to let his last wishes be known if he dies. He tries to cut her, but his sword can't cut her. Beowulf feels that he is almost superior to Grendel, and by comparing his fighting skills to a demon shows that he is the almighty. Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg. The blood shot water which surged underneath and the way gore kept swallowing up the war-horn was so amazing in detail. What do we admire about them? Skit — Create a skit or puppet show based on an event in Beowulf from the viewpoint of another character. Perform the skit or puppet show for the class, including all necessary props.
After chronicling the struggle between Beowulf and Grendel, the poem goes on to tell the tale of the rest of Beowulf's life. Your strength, your power, Are yours for how many years? The cave blazes with light. Welthow and her two sons, Hrethic and Hrothmund, pay homage to Beowulf. What qualities do you believe a good leader should possess? However, her claws cannot seem to penetrate. The sight disgusted and revolts the people of the hall.
Alternatively, ask students to create illustrations or skits demonstrating the definitions of the words. Helen Damico and Alexandra Hennessey Olsen. His men rejoice at his safe return. Beowulf, the champion of good, the 'monster' amongst men, challenges the traditional incarnation of evil, the Dragon: æglæca meets æglæcan. Grendel escapes, though he is mortally wounded. It is stated that Beowulf received his strength that defeated Grendal by God. Write an essay in which you analyze Beowulf as an epic hero.
The head is carried around as a trophy for all to view in the great mead hall of Hrothgar. Hrothgar says he must depend on Beowulf a second time, and offers him treasure to kill Grendel's mother and end the feud. Although, now she lay dead, while Beowulf is victorious! Beowulf, the Oldest English Epic. With all of his great attributes, Beowulf comes out of this scene a hero and companion of good. Examine the text in Old English Beowulf at The Labyrinth, see Webliography. What qualities did they feel a good king should possess? When his armor and weapons failed him, the speaker reinforces the power of God. Write an essay in which you analyze the code of loyalty described in Beowulf.
What does the imagery used to describe their lair make you think of? His excitement for the battle and the fact that he has to travel to the bottom of the ocean to get to her is pretty interesting as well. Another difference between the fights is that in the fight with Grendel he had to use his brute strength to defeat him since no man made object could defeat him but in the fight with the mother he found a weapon that was strong enough to take her life. Write a story or play about the events leading up to the dragon taking the treasure. Research everyday life in Anglo-Saxon England. What motivates some to re-enact this time in history? If they have nothing to write about, I encourage them to record their thoughts on Beowulf, which they can use to examine their comprehension gaps and literary interpretations. These activities are suitable for individual or group assignments.
Many of the celebrants spend that night in Heorot while Beowulf sleeps elsewhere. Woman as Hero in Old English Literature. To be remembered, warriors had to the extraordinary. Eventually, upon the death of the king and his son, Beowulf becomes king. Note: the translator of the Signet Classic edition has altered the familiar to some Old English forms of the names. Since I did not feel successful in my initial approach to teaching the section last class I focused on the section as a whole at first rather than each part , I decide to refocus the students on the order of events in each part so that they could revisit their understanding and fill any comprehension gaps that remained. She grabbed her knife and aimed it right at his heart, but the mail he was wearing on his chest dulled the knifes tip.