Beowulf Test and Anglo-Saxon

Beowulf Test and Anglo-Saxon

What kind of creature is Grendel?
demon monster from Cain who is out to kill people;has claws (animalistic)
What word choices has the poet used to convey Grendel’s evil?
“fief of the giants”, “monster grim”, “grim and greedy”, “wrathful and reckless”, lust for evil
How does the depiction of Grendel fit with society’s notion of what makes a monster?
Society’s notion of what makes a monster is that monsters are evil creatures and Grendel is just that
How does Beowulf embody the values of Anglo-Saxon culture?
He is strong, he does talk about fate. Its all pretty much predetermined. Its all about being proud and brave as a hero. He wants the fame and back in the day they wanted fame too.
What characteristics of an Epic Hero does Beowulf display?
Beowulf is strong, proud, and noblest of men. He stands up to Grendel and takes off his arm. Beowulf has “super human” strength. He has fame and glory. He exerts confidence and boasts about his victories
Why can no weapons hurt Grendel?
Grendel has a spell on him the prevents weapons from penetrating his skin
Why does Beowulf hang Grendel’s arm from the rafters?
to show off that he won the battle; to prove he killed Grendel
What role do poets play in this society?
Poets were the form of entertainment at the time, the took oral tradition and put into writing, they were story tellers or gossipers in a way of keeping the news up to date
Why does Grendel’s Mother take his claw?
Grendel’s mother takes his claw because she doesn’t want to see her son’s name to be dishonored, to keep in memory (restoring dignity), take away Beowulf’s pride, and to make them realize that this fight isn’t over. This taunts Beowulf and gives the impression that they are going to want to come after her
What is Beowulf motivated by?
by desire for fame or glory to win this battle
What does Beowulf bring to Hrothgar? Why?
Grendel’s head to prove he won the battle
How is the outcome of Beowulf’s last battle foreshadowed?
The outcome of Beowulf’s last battle foreshadowed by that Beowulf is old now which suggested that he might have some issues fighting the dragon. Beowulf talks about fate and how it come get him. “I wont shift when I meet the cave-guard (dragon): what occurs on the wall between the two of us will turn out as fate, overseer of men, decides.” (line 675-677, page 44)
Why might Beowulf want his friends to stay close by in the Final Battle?
Just in case fate does take him, his friends could kill the dragon. He knows it might not be an easy battle and wants them to stay close by they can fight for him. Beowulf also wants witnesses for the victory that he is going to take
Why do you think Beowulf keeps fighting the dragon though he knows fate is against him?
Beowulf has courage and pride. He knows if he gives up he is losing much more than a win but he is losing his dignity. He doesn’t want to go down without a fight. He wants to see if he can beat fate and face this great force.
What is the poet’s attitude toward the behavior of Beowulf’s comrades other than Wiglaf?
Poet’s attitude towards the behavior of Beowulf’s comrades are that he feels that they cowards are not up to the task. Wiglaf gets all the soldiers to help him fight the dragon at the end.
What do Beowulf’s gifts to Wiglaf suggest about Wiglaf’s future?
Beowulf gives Wiglaf a collar of gold, his war shirt, and glided helmet. Wiglaf’s future might take over Beowulf’s position
How do the Geats honor Beowulf after his death?
They bury his ashes on the dragon’s treasure in a huge burial tower by the sea this way everyone would know that is Beowulf’s tower. They circle the tomb, chanting songs in his memory, mourning his loss.
epic
long narrative poem about a quest, told in formal, elevated language, larger than life hero who embodies the values of a particular culture, incredible plot involving large-scale events, mix of myth, legend, and history that often includes gods, goddesses as characters
epic hero
main character of a myth or long narrative poem, personify the values of the societies that create them, but as archetypes, they also embody universal ideals
Beowulf
reflects a society that valued loyalty, strength, and courage, fame and glory were considered the noblest end of warrior; from Geatland
Kenning
literary device in which a noun is renamed in a creative way using a compound word or union of two separate words to combine ideas; used in Anglo-Saxon literature
bone house–human body
fish home–ocean
battle light–sword
sea bath– ocean
Elegy
type of poem that mourns a person’s death or laments something lost
Alliteration
repetition of initial consonant sounds; most dominant poetic device used in Anglo-Saxon literature