1.1 brave, loyal, strong, fights for the greater good, tragic flaw
1.1.1 What is his tragic flaw?
2 Characteristics of epic poetry
2.1 begins in medias res, features a hero, loaded with imagery, often features
intervention of supernatural beings
3 Anglo-Saxon poem
3.1 kennings, simile, discussion of Anglo-Saxon culture
3.1.1 What are kennings?
3.1.2 What did you learn about their culture?
4 Allegory - a story that has two meanings (on the surface and symbolic)
4.1 What makes Beowulf an allegory?
5 Plot Summary
5.1 Beowulf, prince of the Geats, travels
to Denmark to kill Grendel, a monster
who has been terrorizing King
Hrothgar's people for 12 years. After
Beowulf slays Grendel, his mother
seeks revenge by killing more Danes.
Beowulf defeats the monster's mother
and returns home to Geatland.
Beowulf eventually becomes King and
rules Geatland for fifty years. His last
battle includes fighting a dragon who
is terrorizing his people. With the help
of Wiglaf, Beowulf defeats the dragon
but dies from his wounds just after he
appoints Wiglaf as king. His body is
burned on a pyre and his remains are
entombed in a large stone grave by