ACTIVITY #3 THE BATTLE WITH GRENDEL: EPIC POETRY
After reading the excerpt of Beowulf, accomplish the checklist that .follows.
Directions: Put a check mark ( / ) before the number if The Battle of Grendel possesses the following elements
of an epic poetry.
1. Plot centers around a hero of unbelievable stature.
2. Involves deeds of superhuman strength and valor.
3. Vast setting.
4. Involves supernatural and or
5. Sustained elevation of style.
6. Poet remains objective and omniscient.
1. No, Grendel is not a greedy monster. In the story, Grendel attacks only when he is annoyed by the loud sounds coming from Heorot.
3. Yes, both characters have great amount of strength. Grendel's is a weird giant monster and it gave him the higher ground because he can catch and kill a person effortlessly. While Beowulf, his strength came from his heart and will to fight Grendel because he has the will and the motivation to fight.
4. No, the army's weaponry failed at killing Grendel because it wasn't enought to kill a giant man-eating monster.
5. Yes, Grendel was afraid of him because he knows that Hrothgar is his father.
6. Yes, because he is a man-eating monster.
7. Yes, because of the lives that were taken by Grendel.
8. No, Grendel was killed ny Beowulf by tearing his arm off.
9. Hrothgar gave Beowulf his wife and the golden horn as a gift for defeating Grendel.
10. Yes, because he killed Grendel.
king hrothgar, the ruler of the danes, is troubled by the rampages of a demon named grendel. every night, grendel attacks king hrothgar's wealthy mead-hall, heorot, killing danish warriors and sometimes even eating them.
hrothgar was a great warrior in his time, but now he's an old king and can't seem to protect his people. fortunately, a young geat warrior named beowulf travels to heorot hall from his own lands overseas to lend a helping hand—literally.
after explaining that he owes hrothgar a favor because hrothgar helped out his father, beowulf offers to fight grendel himself. king hrothgar gratefully accepts his offer. the next time grendel attacks heorot hall, beowulf is waiting for him. choosing to fight grendel in hand-to-hand combat, beowulf wrestles the demon into submission and eventually tears off his arm at the shoulder. mortally wounded, grendel flees into the wilderness and dies. beowulf, hrothgar, and their followers throw a wild party to celebrate. hrothgar also gives beowulf many presents and treasures to reward him for his heroic defeat of the demon.
unfortunately, grendel has an overprotective mother who decides to avenge her son. while all the warriors are sleeping off the party, she attacks heorot hall. but when the warriors wake up, she panics and flees back to her lair, a cave underneath a nearby lake.
beowulf, his geatish warriors, and some of hrothgar's danish warriors track her there. beowulf dives into the lake and finds the cave, where he takes on grendel's mother in another one-on-one battle. seizing a nearby sword from grendel's mother's stash of treasure, he slays her, even though her poisonous demon blood melts the blade. when beowulf returns to the surface, carrying the sword hilt and grendel's severed head, the danish warriors have given him up for dead, but his own geatish followers are still waiting patiently. when everyone sees that beowulf has survived this second challenge, there's even more partying and gift-giving.
finally, the geats take their leave of the danes; beowulf says goodbye to king hrothgar and sails back to geatland, where he is a lord in the court of king hygelac. eventually, hygelac and all his relatives are killed in different blood-feuds, and beowulf becomes the king of the geats. beowulf reigns as king for fifty years, protecting the geats from all the other tribes around them, especially the swedes. he is an honorable and heroic warrior-king, rewarding his loyal thanes (warrior lords) and taking care of his people.
but one day, beowulf finally meets his match: a dragon, woken by a thief stealing a goblet, begins attacking the geats, burning villages and slaughtering people. beowulf takes a group of eleven trusty warriors, plus the thief who knows where the dragon's lair is, to the barrow for a final showdown with the monster. when they see the dragon, all but one of the warriors flee in terror. only one man, wiglaf, remains at beowulf's side. with wiglaf's help and encouragement, beowulf is able to defeat the dragon, but he is mortally wounded in the process.
after beowulf's death, the geats build an enormous funeral pyre for him, heaped with treasures. once the pyre has burned down, they spend ten days building an enormous barrow (a large mound of earth filled with treasure) as a monument to their lost king.
(Explanation for stanzas 420, 425, 430 and 435)
Waiting to see his swift hard claws.
Grendel snatched at the first Geat
He came to, ripped him apart, cut
his body to bits with powerful jaws
drank the blood from his veins, and bolted
In this stanza, Grendel feasted on the first Geat soldier from Beowulf's camp. It was like as we watch a movie - a suspense part before the protagonist would come to the rescue and win the battle.
I just felt bad that someone has to die before Beowulf can battle against the evil Grendel.
Going back, the lines fully described how the demonic Grendel feasted on the Geat soldier.
Him down, hands and feet; death
and Grendel's great teeth came together,
snapping life shut.Then he stepped to another
still body, clutched at Beowulf with his claws
grasped at a strong-hearted wakeful sleeper
The first an second line is the continuation of the last line from stanza 420 where it fully describes how Grendel devoured a Geat soldier - his first and last human feast from the halls of Heorot.
On the third line is where our hero - Beowulf was introduced. Beowulf intentionally made himself a bait for Grendel. The succeeding lines illustrates the first highlights of how Beowulf was able to make himself very near to the evil antagonist Grendel.
and was instantly seized himself,claws
bent back as beowulf leaned up on one arm.
that shepherd evil, guardian of crime,
knew at once that nowhere on earth
had he met a man whose hands were harder;
The five lines of this stanza illustrates how Grendel felt as he was supposed to feast on Beowulf. He instantly feared the man in his claws for he knew that this person is so strong that he will be seized. It also showed how strong Beowulf is by single handed-ly leaning the claws of the evil Grendel.
His mind was flooded with fear-but nothing
could take his talons and himself from the tight
hard grip. Grendel's one thought was to run
From Beowulf, flee back to his marsh and hide there,
This was a different Herot than the hall he ha emptied.
The stanza's illustrate the thinking of Grendel while he is being gripped by Beowulf. It describes in the stanzas that Grendel would want to run and Hide. That the hall is not the same as the Heorot he ransacked before
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