The poem begins with a discussion about Shield Sheafson , who was the king of the Thanes. He was a baby whose parents abandoned him and rose to the top. After Sheafson died, his son Beow became king in his place. Once he died, Hrothgar became the ruler of the Thanes. Hrothgar brought fortune and success to the Thanes and in celebration of it he built a hall called Hereot, where he and his men gathered for festivities. For a good amount of time the Danes enjoyed peace until one Grendel, who was descendant of Cain, attacked the hall and killed thirty men when they fell asleep. Grendel continued these attacks for twelve winters. After all this time, word begins to spread throughout kingdoms. Beowulf, who is the best warrior in the world, hears the horrible things that are going on and decides to travel to Hrothgar’s kingdom to help defeat Grendel. When Beowulf arrives the Danes question him at first. But Beowulf explains his want of repayment to Hrothgar and simply wants to owe his loyalty to Hygelac. Hrothgar accepts Beowulf’s offer to fight Grendel and invites him and his men to enjoy a feast. During the feast, Beowulf and a Dane named Unferth get into a little argument and Beowulf belittles him in every aspect. As night time approaches, the Danes leave Bewulf and his men alone in the hall. Beowulf lays unarmed with his men waiting for Grendel to arrive. Grendel finally slams open the hall doors with a rage of fury and immediately kills one of Beowulf’s men. Then Grendel reaches out towards Beowulf and gets put into an arm bar and Beowulf wrestles him down. Beowulf’s men try to help by stabbing Grendel with their swords, but no weapon on earth can hurt Grendel. Beowulf used pure strength and simply rips of Grendel’s arm and the fight is over just like that. The next morning the Danes arrive in excitement and celebrate the death of Grendel seeing that Beowulf had the trophy of Grendel’s arm. When Hrothgar enters he thanks Beowulf and god for finally killing Grendel
Friday, February 22, 2013
Critical Analysis of Nora Ephron “The Boston Photographs”
Nora Ephron author of “The Boston Photographs” reaches out to her readers by touching their emotions by some gripping photographs. She claims “Photojournalism is often more powerful than written journalism,” this theory is proven in her writing. In Ephron essay, she discusses the photographs that Stanley Foreman took of an attempted rescue that turned to a devastating….
Reader-response criticism is a school of literary theory that focuses on the reader (or "audience") and their experience of a literary work, in contrast to other schools and theories that focus attention primarily on the author or the content and form of the work.
Although literary theory has long paid some attention to the reader's role in creating the meaning and experience of a literary work, modern reader-response criticism began in the 1960s and '70s, particularly in America and Germany, in….
The reader response-response approach to critical literature “asks you to “connect” with literature, to find a personal link or imaginative entry into a story, poem, or play.” (Clugston, P. 413) Normally for any reader, this is one of the main characteristics the reader is performing. The reader by default is looking for some form of connection to the literary work he/she may be reading. Therefore, when the reader begins to make these connections, they are already utilizing the reader-response perspective….
The Mortal Immortal was quite different than past assigned readings for several reasons. First, it was a short story rather than a long-winded, descriptive novel. This appealed to me because that, in itself, shows a turn to the modern side of literature. Gone are the days of praising the sublime and merely hinting at characters emotions. More presently, audiences want to be quickly brought into the action, and to experience a high level of energy and enjoyment throughout the entire….
furthermore persuading his readers that under the right circumstances, critical choices have to be made.
His oppressive descriptions of George’s health issues successfully grasp reader’s attention, while forcing them to visualize and connect to the sorrows captured. Moreover, these descriptions help readers in overcoming personal struggles by bringing forth the reality of these situations. Philbert ensnares the unimaginable while releasing the truth of reality. Readers who have not experienced such….
Pride and Prejudice Reader Response
To me personally I found this book to be beneficial in understanding the ways of society throughout time. Within Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice, Bingley and Jane's relationship proves that social pressures essentially inhibit people from fulfilling their true identities, and their true desires. Whether it manifests itself in the pressure to marry for security and convenience, or the pressure to attain affluence and culture, the social norm erases individual….
9 September 2013
In the review of Dana Stevens, "The Help. A feel-good movie that feels kind of icky", she describes some of the strongest and weakest characteristics of the movie, she doesn't hate the film but I am sure that it is not in her favorites movies list. Stevens argues that the public wanted to watch the story in big screen and she declares that it is a good melodrama that contains some funny moments: “It's hard to actively hate The Help, a movie so solicitous of the….
Reader Response Theory
- can be traced back to Aristotle and Plato
- literature’s effect on the reader
- sources in the writings of the French structuralists (who stress the role of the perceiver as a maker of reality)
- reader criticism became recognized as a distinct critical movement only in the 1970s
- less a unified critical school than a vague collection of disparate critics with a common point of departure
- “Reader Theory” “audience theory” neutral terms….
9 September 2014
Reader Response #5
Dick Gregory’s “Shame”
In Dick Gregory’s “Shame,” he tells his heartbreaking experience with being in love with Helene Tucker. Gregory goes into detail describing the poverty he was stuck in at the time. He spent the majority of his time attempting to impress Helene. He brushed his hair and always had a little handkerchief, so he wouldn’t have to pick his nose in front of her. When he decides to impress Helene by giving to….
Readers have been responding to what they have read and experienced since the dawn of literature. For example, we have Plate and Aristotle who were concerned about audience responses and how plays generated pity and fear on them. Still, the audience or readers were passive. After the appearance of reader response theory, readers are activated. They involve themselves to elaborate the text, fill in the gaps and enact their experiences with the text. Most reader response critics can be divided into….