Beowulf Primary/Secondary Values

Beowulf Primary/Secondary Values

Beowulf Primary Values: *“Heroism is most valuable treasure” Pg. 58 Lines 850-855 *“Evil never triumphs (Regardless of how the outcome may seem during the battle)” Pg. 47 Lines 405-410 Lines 320-360 Secondary Values: *“The part is not important as the whole” *“Heroism is a significant part of everyone’s society” Pg. 46Pg. 43 Lines 300-305 Lines 173-177 * “Mothers will defend their children regardless of their actions” *“Men feel that it is their responsibility to rescue & save” Pg. 9 Pg. 45 Lines 518- 520 Lines 255-269 Archetypes: * “Ravenous beast” *“Crazy villain” Pg. 40 Pg. 40 Lines 65-74 Lines50-55 * “Decent into darkness”*“Knight-Hero” Pg. 49Pg. 55 Lines 424-433Lines 640-647 ———————– “Had won from the dragon, rings, necklaces, Ancient, hammered armor all The treasures they’d taken were left there, too, Silver and jewels buried in the sandy Ground, back in the earth, again And forever hidden and useless to men. ” “Ended the grief, the sorrow, the suffering

Forced on Hrothgar’s helpless people By a bloodthirsty fiend. No Dane doubted’ The victory, for the proof hanging high From the rafters where Beowulf had hung it, was the monster’s Arm, claw and shoulder and all. ” “Snapping life shut. Then he stepped to another Still body, clutched at Beowulf with his claws, Grasped at a strong-hearted wakeful sleeper And was instantly seized himself, claws Bent back as Beowulf leaned up on one arm. ” “The monster’s flight, fastened those claws In his fists till they cracked, clutched Grendel Closer. The infamous killer fought

For his freedom, wanting no flesh but retreat, Desiring nothing but escape; his claws Had been caught, he was trapped. That trip to Herot Was a miserable journey for the writhing monster! ” “Floor snarling and fierce: his eyes Gleamed in the darkness, burned with a gruesome Light. Then he stopped, seeing the hall Crowded with sleeping warriors, stuffed With rows of young soldiers resting together. ” “We are Geats Men who follow Higlac. My father Was a famous soldier, known far and wide As a leader of men. His name was Edgetho. His life lasted many minters;” Together, and I’ve come. Grant me, then, Lord and protector of this noble place, A single request! I have come so far, O shelter of warriors and your people’s loved friend, That this one favor you should not refuse me That I, alone and with the help of my men, May purge all evil from this hall. ” “Squatting with her weight on his stomach, she drew A dagger, brown with dried blood, and prepared To avenge her only son. ” “Grendel came again, so set On murder that no crime could ever be enough, No savage assault quench his lust For evil. Then each warrior tried

To escape him, searched for rest in different Beds, as far from Herot as they could find,” “The seas, was told and sung in all Men’s ears: how Grendel’s hatred began, How the monster relished his savage war On the Danes, keeping the bloody feud Alive, seeking no peace, offering No truce, accepting no settlement, no price In gold or land, and paying the living For one crime only with another. ” “My hands calm: I need no hot Words. Wait for me close by, my friends. We shall see, soon, who will survive This bloody battle, stand when the fighting

Is done. No one else could do What I mean to, here, no man but me Could hope to defeat this monster. No one Could try. ” “They live in secret places, windy Cliffs, wolf-dens where water pours From the rocks, then runs underground, where mist Steams like black clouds, and the groves of trees Growing out over their lake are all covered With frozen spray, and wind down snakelike Roots that reach as far as the water And help keep it dark. At night that lake Burns like a torch. No one knows its bottom, No wisdom reaches such depths. ”