Beowulf in Senior English
The Ohio Department of Education is proposing to broaden English IV to world literature. This would mean either removing or condensing British Literature. Should Beowulf be kept in the curriculum of senior English, or should it be replaced with world literature? Beowulf is one if the many stories that is read in senior English across the state. It is a tale describing a time of heroes and fantasy. Beowulf should be kept in English literature. It is a truly tremendous story. It entails three battles between a mighty hero named Beowulf and a trio of unworthy foes.
The first battle is fought against a monster named Grendel. Winning the battle easily, Beowulf goes on to kill Grendel’s mother, and so on to killing a dragon, thus ending his life at the end of the last battle. Beowulf is a great example of British literature, making it a must have in English IV. British literature is a documentation of how we came to be. It is where we started out; America wouldn’t be America without England. “Inspiring” is one of the words that come to mind after reading this epic poem.
It is one of those magnificent heroic stories where the hero conquers the evil beans. The unique thing about this particular one is the fact that Beowulf actually passes away. He dies a very noble death after an epic battle with a dragon. This unexpected turn of events makes this story utterly beautiful in a special way. One interesting lesson that this masterpiece tells is that no matter how good something could be it could seize to exist within minutes. Honestly, this is an important lesson for everyone to learn: always stay on your toes.
Translation is often key when going from older English to the English we use today. Beowulf is extremely well translated. Often times the words are translated, but they don’t mean much until you review all of the things you read about. For instance, when we read Romeo and Juliet, it took quite some time because of all of the reviewing. This is the case with many stories that are translated, but not with Beowulf. Being able to comprehend anything in school that you take a test on and most of the time do a project on, is most important. A down side to Beowulf is it doesn’t have an author.
It is considered a folk epic. When writing a paper about anything in any class, it is generally quite important to be able to cite the work your information is coming from. It may be difficult to cite something without an author, but it is not impossible. World literature would broaden our view of literature. We have people living in America from all over the world. If we were to take Beowulf out of English IV, I think it would be a definite loss. Many of the more common stories that college English talks about are British literature.
It may not be the exact same as English IV, but we get a head start learning British style writing now. Beowulf should be kept in English literature. The story is interesting and teaches us about epic poems. It shows the place where America originated from. This is a typical heroic story that is inspirational. Did I mention that during sophomore year, world government is taught? If this is the case, why isn’t world literature taught the same year? Beowulf is a well-liked story by both my peers and me. I cannot emphasize enough that Beowulf should most definitely, without a doubt, be kept in English IV.