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  • Storyline: We see a hero/main character that has been put into a tough position. This tough position is usually followed by having to complete some sort of mammoth task/big controversy in order to save himself or his people. In the end, the hero, with or without the help of his loyal followers, manages to complete this mammoth task in stylish fashion.
  • A moral tale is a story popular in the 15th and 16th century often using allusions, personifications, etc,... to describe a battle between two sides (one often good and the other often evil.) In the end, after all is said and done, a lesson is often learned from the struggle.
  • A legend is an old and popular story often passed down from previous generations. While legends can be very popular, they are not accepted as fully true. They are accepted, though, as historical.
  • Plot: Delving a little bit deeper into the main action in the story, we see a hero and his followers faced with some sort of daunting task or challenge. There will be a point where we do not think that they will manage to live through this task, but there is eventually a M. Night Shamylan twist and everything begins to look bright again. Then there is the cool down period, or the time after the fight where the story is coming to a close.
  • Character Names: In British Legend, there are some very funky names. Some of those names have a meaning behind them, for example, a main character that is evil might have a name that means bringer of death or something similar to that. The names originate from very early times and sound like it too. Wiglaf, Grendel, Launcelot, Guinevere, these are all names that sound like they were around centuries ago, and that's because they were! We never hear names like those today, but they are commonlplace in British Legend.
  • Setting: Usually, the stories take place in a European country. English or British lands are very common, considering this is where we get many of our legends from. The environment tends to be hostile, because that sets up the main fight scene for the story. Most likely, the area surrounding is a village or small enclosed land with a castle to oversee it.
  • Origins: Both of these Legends originated around the 12th or 13th Century. The characters themselves arise from thought and creativity. Characters from these legends were most likely based off of people in the writers life maybe that he is exaggerating (Beowulf's strength). Most of the stories are creative writing, though, as the stories are very far-fetched.
  • Depictions: Like I said in the origins column, the depictions in the legends are very dramatic and vivid. We get great backstory about the main character's life and his/her history. Not only those things, but we also get very vivid details on the what is going on with the conflict.
  • *awful interpretation of Beowulf ripping Grendel's arm off, part of great scene depiction*
  • Arthur: There are 0-few exaggerations of ungodly traits. The story is more background information than real conflicting scenes. The main setting in Arthur is Britain and mainly following Arthur and his followers around where they go, with little fighting (granted there is some)
  • Beowulf: The whole story is based around his ungodly strength, a trait not acquirable by a mere man. The only real good parts of Beowulf are fighting scenes, not much backstory to Beowulf. The main setting in Beowulf is wherever he is fighting, the whole plot of Beowulf is fighting, that's basically it.
  • Grendel's Skull
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