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the recollection of a glorious past in the history of a country 1. The epic poem It is a long narrative poem. the recollection of a glorious past in the history of a country the brave deeds of heroes It deals with: History is the frame, but supernatural elements are the canvas of the poem. Performer - Culture & Literature

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Beowulf Beowulf Performer - Culture & Literature
Ray Winstone as Beowulf in Robert Zemeckis Beowulf, 2007 Performer - Culture & Literature Marina Spiazzi, Marina Tavella, Margaret Layton 2012 the recollection of a glorious past in the history of a country
1. The epic poem It is a long narrative poem. the recollection of a glorious past in the history of a country the brave deeds of heroes It deals with: History is the frame, but supernatural elements are the canvas of the poem. Performer - Culture & Literature 1. The epic poem An aristocratic military society is described.
The narrative of the poem is made up of a series of type-scenes battles, banquets, funerals, voyages. The main theme is the nature of heroic life. The language is vivid and the style is elevated. Performer - Culture & Literature Beowulf 2. The background The oldest surviving poem written in Anglo-Saxon more than 1200 years ago. The poet is unknown. The date of composition is unknown (from the 8th century to the 11th century). It deals with a time following the initial invasion of Englandby Germanic tribes in 449 (5th-6th cent.). Performer - Culture & Literature Beowulf 3. The characters Beowulf, the war leaderof the Geats, a group of people in what is now southern Sweden. Hrothgar, the Kingof the Danes. The Swedes. Wiglaf, Beowulfs warrior. Performer - Culture & Literature 3. The characters Grendel, the monster. Grendels mother.
Beowulf 3. The characters A scene of Robert Zemeckis Beowulf, 2007 Grendel, the monster. Grendels mother. The fire-breathing dragon. Performer - Culture & Literature 4. Warrior code in the poem
Beowulf 4. Warrior code in the poem Loyalty to the king. King generous, protected by his warriors / thanes Reputation thanes wereexpected to be loyal, brave,courageous; kings were expectedto be generous and hospitable. Performer - Culture & Literature 4. Warrior code in the poem
Beowulf 4. Warrior code in the poem The need to take revenge. Physical strength and courage. The search for glory in this life. The importance of fate. Performer - Culture & Literature The land of the Geats in Sweden
Beowulf 5. Settings where the actions of the poem take place Scandinavia an Anglo-Saxon kingdom, where the poem was probably written Northumbria where Beowulf confronts the monster Grendel Heorot where Beowulf fights against Grendels mother The misty lake The land of the Geats in Sweden where Beowulf confronts a fire-breathing dragon Performer - Culture & Literature 6. Christian elements Beowulf prays to the Creator of all things, the ruler of the Heavens. Gods will: identical with fate (wyrd). Grendel: the descendent of Cain, the first murdererof the Old Testament. References to the Old Testament. Performer - Culture & Literature 7. Supernatural elements
Beowulf 7. Supernatural elements Superhuman powers are attributed to Beowulf. Several monsters appear in the poem. The supernatural lake, where Grendel and his mother live, is filled with sea-monsters. Performer - Culture & Literature 8. Style Alliteration He rippled down the rock, writhing with anger
Beowulf 8. Style Alliteration He rippled down the rock, writhing with anger Extensive use of kennings The hoard-guardian (the guardian of the treasure = the monster) The ring-giver (the king) Elevated language They extolled (praised) his heroic nature andexploits (deeds) and gave thanks for his greatness Long lists of leaders and warriors Performer - Culture & Literature 9. Themes The feud = the tragic waste.
Beowulf 9. Themes The feud=the tragic waste. A system of revenge is repeated in the poem: feud peace feud The eternal conflict between dark and light, good and evil. Tension between the heroic code and Christianity. Fate. Courage as the quality that can stand against Fate. The importance of the past. Performer - Culture & Literature