British Literature


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  • Moral Tale is a type of story, popular during the 15th and 16th centuries, that uses allegory to portray the struggle between good and evil, often culminating in a lesson.
  • The stories of Beowulf take place in the 5th century in the Land of the Geats, and the Land of the Danes. Beowulf is a well known killer and is charged with the task of defeating Grendel and his mother.
  • Many of the characters in this story are the monsters that Beowulf battles. For instance; Grendel, Grendel's mother, the Dragon. Other characters include King Hrothgar, Wiglaf, and Hygelac.
  • Legend is a traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but unauthenticated.
  • King Arthur was a British ruler during the 5th century. He was known for having the best knights. Not only were they the strongest but also the kindest and most loving.
  • Beowulf is a young prince who is leader of the Geats. He has nonhuman strength and possesses the power to destroy anything in his path.
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • He takes over as King when Hygelac passes and he rules and prospers for over 50 years. You can see the transition throughout the story of how Beowulf matures from a selfish Prince to a loyal and protective King.
  • Morte D'arthur
  • King Arthur is involved in many different stories with many different characters. The other characters include Sir Gawain, Sir Launcealot, the Green Knight, Queen Guinevere.
  • In this story the Green Knight calls out King Arthur's Knights. Sir Gawain steps up and takes a "blow" for a "blow" with the Green Knight. Gawain learns to be brave and loyal at all times. This is the time period where everyone practiced chivalry.
  • In this story King Arthur is forced to lead his people into war. Arthur travels overseas and appoints Sir Modred King while he is gone. Sir Modred fakes Arthur's death and tries to take over permanently. Arthur later dies in fighting for his people. He believed heavily in chivalry and loyalty.
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