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EN 205 Lecture 0824 notes

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English Literature l
John J. Burke
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Date Created: 08/24/16
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 EN 205: 0824 Beowulf: Pt. 2 I. Battle with Grendel • Killed Grendel by ripping his arm off with his hands. • Warrior code displayed ———> Beowulf knows more of the art of war than Grendel • Religion displayed ———> acknowledgment of piety, Beowulf cries out to a higher being that he believes holds his ultimate fate. • Symbolism displayed ———> Grendel’s arm: could represent the grasp that he held over the people of hero through fear. II. Battle with Grendel’s Mother • Why is she scary? She is more monster than human. Also an angry mother seeking vengeance for her dead only offspring • We can see the culture’s anxieties through the monsters that they have created: Fearful of being an outcast; for a culture fixated on family- the monsters have no lineage or past. III. Grendel’s Mother’s Lake A. What makes her “eerie?” • She has a hall, just like Hrothgar and the humans • She tries to kill Beowulf with a tool (knife) just like humans would try to kill a monster. • She cannot be killed with humanly methods, Beowulf kills her with the sword of a giant, and cuts off her head. IV. Warriors Code A. characteristics: loyalty, readiness for battle, family. // All can be seen in today’s military life style B. Vengeance vs. Grieving: Only thing thought to last was a warriors reputation. Beowulf feels very paternalistic toward his company. C. Hrothgar’s Philosophy: • Culture is highly aware of mortality. • Beware of being too prideful in your youth, constantly be aware of how short life actually is. 1 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 V. Fast-forward 50 Years…. Symbolism of a dragon awakening • 1. Dragons are Greedy: Beowulf is more concerned with the treasure than doing good for the people • Fight becomes more for Beowulf to prove himself than for the people. 2. Dragons are Ancient: Beowulf is much older as well • Because of age, Beowulf easily gets confused from stress. • Too proud to fight with an army and still insists on fighting alone despite age. 3. There is a Quest: Most mere humans struggle against dragons in battles VI. Who is Wiglaf? • Only soldier to stay and assist Beowulf. Also stabs dragon to help kill it. • This is the stories way of introducing the next generation of great kings! • What caused Beowulf’s failure? // He was too proud to realize his limitations, his soldiers did not fulfill the warrior’s code. VII. Reflecting on Beowulf’s life • Satisfied with being a good king • Never killed a Kinsman Lived as a good and just man/king • VIII. Anglo-Saxon Values 1. Strength in battle 2. Kinship 3. Good Kingship 4. Loyalty 5. Treasure VIV. Anglo-Saxon Fears 1. Destruction of people 2. Fratricide: killing of ones kin 3. Being an outcast 2 Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4. Uninhabitable places 5. The Supernatural 6. Weakness of age VV. Religion Then & Now A. In Beowulf: • Afterlife = eternal sleeping // No Heaven or paradise • Predestination B. Lack of Modern Christianity: • No Jesus/Satan • No Salvation • No organized worship • Faith vs. Fatalism: faith today is more interactive. 3


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