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:
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:
Use the comments below to answer the two questions on “The Seafarer” for class tomorrow.
Here’s the homework in case you lost it/missed class: The Seafarer
At the end of class today we discussed the final chapters of Beowulf and connected Beowulf to a modern day hero of your choosing. How does Beowulf’s religious undertones show in modern day hero stories? Here’s the prompt we used: connecting-beowulf-to-modern-religion
If you left early or weren’t here today, give me your write up for Thursday.
I apologize for not updating this week. For the weekend just make sure you’re caught up with the Beowulf reading: beowulf. We ended at line 1044 (p. 26) on Friday.
Also, remember you have your first writing assignment for Thursday on the combat myth, Batman and Beowulf. Here’s that article if you need it: combat-myth-batman-and-joker
And here’s the rubric for that: beowulf-combat-myth-rubric
If you missed class today make sure you get me your homework (the questions on “The Seafarer”) for Monday.
Also, please read up to line 205 of Beowulf: Beowulf beginning
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?