Epic Heroes on Epic Quests
Part I: Characteristics of Epic Poetry: There is an EPIC HERO! Here are some characteristics about what makes a hero EPIC:
1. Hero: the hero has national or even cosmic importance. Where do you see evidence of this in the text? Be specific. When Beowulf arrives at the village, everyone instantly knows about him, and why he is there and he is praised for it.
2. Vast Setting: the scene of the action is not limited to local surroundings. Is this characteristic fulfilled in Beowulf? How?
Yes because Beowulf himself comes from a place that is not in the setting and a place that is never described, and he fights Grendel’s mother in a place that is not originally mentioned.
3. Superhuman Deeds or Miraculous Journey: What deeds does Beowulf do? What journey is he on?
Beowulf kills Grendel as a service to the village and community. He is on a journey to gain fame, glory, and fortune.
4. God(s) or Supernatural Beings Take Interest in Humans: Where do you see evidence of this in the text? Be specific.
When Grendel begins to kill all the humans for fun, and how Grendel’s mother reacts when she sees Beowulf.
5. Ceremonial Performance: the story is narrated in an elevated (oral) style: Where do you see evidence of this in the text? Be specific.
During the fights between Beowulf and Grendel, as well as between Beowulf and Grendel’s mother. It is being narrated from a 3rd person view.
Part II: Characteristics of Epic Poetry: There is a QUEST.
|Step |Definition |Where does it happen in Beowulf? | |Call to Adventure |When the hero feels the need to do something |Battle with Grendel/Grendel’s mom:...
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