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Beowulf notes

by: Kimberly Burke

Beowulf notes EH 203

Kimberly Burke
Jacksonville State University
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These are the notes I took in class on Beowulf. This does not include the PowerPoint notes on BlackBoard.
Survey of English Literature I
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kimberly Burke on Saturday January 30, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to EH 203 at Jacksonville State University taught by Dr. Gates in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 11 views. For similar materials see Survey of English Literature I in Foreign Language at Jacksonville State University.

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Date Created: 01/30/16
British Lit – Beowulf • Pg.31 – the language of Beowulf • Action story – 3 big battles • Repetition & foreshadowing • Structure: o 2 part: 1) Heroism & youth, 2 fights, nephew of Ruler; 2) Aged Beowulf o 3 part: 1) Beowulf without weapons; 2) Beowulf with weapons; 3) wounded, last battle o Elegy within Elegy – outer & inner song § Most likely performed in mourning of past hero o Alliteration verse – repetition of consonant sounds, no rhyme § Most lines use Caesura – a gap in the middle of line intended as a pause • Beowulf scolds community because he died • Great Gold Buckle Sutton Hoo – shows status with fancy decorated armor & weapons • Thematic aspect – weapons & how they are used • Beowulf doomed b/c when he handles swords that break when he strikes o Prideful that he can fight Grendel without weapons & Grendel’s mother under water • Celebrates victory by re-telling the story • Unnamed guard wakes the dragon by trying to steal treasure from the dragon o Beowulf feels obligated to kill the dragon • Look for how Woodlife is with Beowulf when the others aren’t at the end • Hoards – collection of treasure buried with person, important to status • Theme at end – we should be done with burying people with Hoards • Lines 86-193 – introduces Grendel, attacks men in Heorot (30 men) o Why Beowulf comes to Heorot; why Geats come to Danes/Sweden o Backstory o Cain & Abel relation to Grendel – mentions Cain & Abel later § Pg.69 line 1260-1268 § Pay for death or feud continues forever • Foreshadowing o Funeral of Shield Sheafson = Beowulf’s funeral o Story of Sigemund told by scop (bard) = Beowulf’s fight with dragon o Story of King Heremod = Beowulf’s ascending to Kingship • Pg.89 – Beowulf’s time span st o Beowulf 1 goes off at about 20 years old o Pg.89 - Fifty winters; pg.99 – fifty years o Beowulf is grandson to King through mother – son of daughter has to wait o Beowulf becomes King but has no descendants • Swords o Pg.98 line 2680 - 2 named sword Naegling § Sombering – last fight narration o Other sword – given to him to hunt Grendel o Unnamed sword in lair defeats Grendel’s mother • Language - Whaleroad = sea (compact metaphor) • Beowulf returns home & has to report details, recap what we have read


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