Superheroes 9/8 – Combat Myth for Monday

Hi guys,

Reminder: your short response to the combat myth, Beowulf and the Mike Nichols article (about the combat myth in Batman and Beowulf) is due Tuesday. Here are the resources again if you need them:

Beowulf pdf



Superhero class 9/3 – Beowulf classwork/homework

Hi juniors and seniors,

Here’s the 50 lines or so of Beowulf I’d like you to look at if you didn’t finish the work in class on Friday. The PDF is below. You’re looking at lines 311 – 352. (Beowulf’s speech to King Hrothgar.)

Here’s the text: Beowulf pdf

Answer these two questions:

  1. How does Beowulf’s last line “Fate goes as fate must” (352) exemplify the cultural mythology of the time and place of the poem?
  2. Write down two examples of Beowulf’s heroism (cite evidence)

Superheroes 9/1 – The Seafarer

Hi everyone,

Today we began some pre-Beowulf reading. We discussed how British culture changed in 450 AD and again in 597 AD as the Norse (vikings) invaded and their religious culture mingled with the growing Christianity.

Here are the notes in case you need more details: Brit Lit context clues. Just use the 450 AD and 597 AD slides.

To really see this change, we read the poem “The Seafarer,” which shows the blending of Norse and Christian cultures. Here’s the poem if you need it.

Tonight, and in the comments, I’d like you to answer these two:

1) Where do we see elements of both 450 AD era British religious/cultural ideas and post-597 AD British religious and cultural ideas?

2) Describe the two journeys happening here. The seafarer talks about the hardship of a life on the sea, but what figurative journey is he on as well? How do they compare to each other?