Beowulf Storyboard

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  • Legendary Hero
  • Legendary Hero: a figure of divine descent with great strength and ability
  • “I’ve never known fear, as youth I fought/ In endless battles" (624-625). 
  • Omniscient Narration
  • Omniscient Narration: common form of third-person narration in which the teller of the tale, who often appears to speak with the voice of the author himself, assumes an omniscient perspective on the story being told
  • “Then he said farewell to his followers./ Each in his turn, for the last time” (628-629)
  • Epic Writing Style
  • Epic Writing Style: long, narrative poem that is usually about heroic deeds and events.  Characters and events are described in an epic or poetic manner such as Grendel being described as a monster that cannot be harmed by weapons.
  • “From every side, trying to open/ A path for his evil soul, but their points/ Could not harm him, the sharpest and hardest iron/ Could not scratch at his skin, for that sin-stained demon/ Had bewitched all men’s weapons, laid spells/ That blunted every mortal man’s blade" (373-378).
  • Supernatural Elements
  • Supernatural Elements: some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.
  • “And there the waters’ heat could not hurt him,/ Nor anything in the lake attack him through/ The building’s high arching roof. A brilliant/ Light burned all around him, the lake/ Itself like a fiery flame" (487-492).
  • Vast Setting
  • Vast Setting: A number of different settings of the story
  • "Standing in the round-curled prow they could see / Sparking hills, high and green, / Jutting up over the shore, and rejoicing / In those rock-steep cliffs they quietly ended / their voyage" (135-139).
  • Superhuman Strength
  • Superhuman Strength: Strength that a normal human wouldn't have
  • "tears torn out of Grendel's / Taut throat, hell's captive caught in the arms/ Of him who of all men on earth / Was the strongest" (362-364).
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