Today we read about Beowulf’s death after being bitten by a dragon. We heard his last words and his concern for his people.
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Today we read a piece of John Gardner’s 1971 novel, Grendel. Grendel retells the story of Beowulf from he perspective of the monster. Click here for a copy of the selection. After reading this, do you feel empathy for Grendel? Do you feel differently about Beowulf? How does Grendel’s story differ from the “original” version? After reading this do you still consider Beowulf the hero of the story?
For homework please answer the following question:
What is the central idea of Grendel?
Identify one writing strategy (literary element or literary technique or rhetorical device) develops this central idea.
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Today we met the first bad guy in Beowulf, the monster Grendel. We listened to Seamus Heaney read line 606-835. After the reading I asked if you felt sorry for Grendel. Some did, some didn’t. Did Beowulf have to be so brutal? Did he have to kill Grendel? We’ll discuss that further tomorrow. Think about what Nietzsche said: “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Is Beowulf becoming a monster like Grendel?
For homework, please retell the story of the fight between Grendel and Beowulf from Grendel’s point-of-view. What is he thinking? What is he feeling? What is going on inside Grendel’s head as he fights Beowulf. Send me your first person response with *p in the subject line.
Today we looked at the arrival of our hero, Beowulf. We discussed how his arrival on the Danish shore must have looked to the coast guardsman. We discussed the hints that the poet gives us about the religious beliefs of the Danes, the Geets, and the poet himself. WE also examined the poet’s use of kennings and alliteration in the first 300 lines.
There is no Beowulf homework, but you should be done with Chapter 28 for the next Mockingbird Monday