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Wednesday, 9/3 Discussion: "The Monster Grendel" and "The Arrival of the Hero" Discussion

Characters
  • refer to page 19 for details re: Beowulf, Grendel, Herot, Hrothgar, Wiglaf
  • Hrothgar's wife (the Queen)
  • Unferth
  • Grendel's mother

Plot
  1. Grendel is waking up/banishment: "living down / In the darkness"
  2. Beginning of the world: light/dark, 4: singing/rejoicing re: "Almighty making the earth" and their own heroes/victories; wake up Grendel; 23-24: "The Almighty drove / Those demons out, and their exile was bitter"; 19-20: "made his home in a hell / Not hell but earth." Cain and Able
  3. 30: "darkness had dropped" Grendel attacks Herot (the hall). Death. King is confused; can't stop. King on throne (protected by God); attacks at night; warriors asleep

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Pagans ("Not hell but earth", "stone gods" vs. Christianity (Cain and Able, Almighty...)

Thursday, 9/4 Discussion: "The Monster Grendel" and "The Arrival of the Hero" Discussion

Grendel is jealous (1-2: "living down / In the darkness" vs. the party that is going on in Herot)
he feels mocked; he wants to be accepted
19: "spawned in that slime" -- does this mean he never had a chance to be 'human' or be 'happy'?
20-21: "Conceived by a pair of those monsters born / Of Cain..."
23-24: "The Almighty drove / Those demons out, and their exile was bitter" -- exile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
25-27: "...split / Into a thousand forms of evil..." suffer

9/5 3 Questions:

1. talk about how B defends against Unferth
269: "We were both too young..." "risk our lives far out at sea"
276: "Had chosen to remain by his side"

2. When B meets the king, the king has a monologue: does the kind resent Beowulf?