Beowulfs close reading

Beowulfs close reading

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  • May you all listen
  • " The dragon continues to attack the villages and farms of geatland: even Beowulf's home,the throne room, is burned to the ground." { pg.16} [Lines 2294-2295]
  • We must help our leader
  • Im not going out there
  • "And so the son of Ecgtheow had survived every extreme,excelling himself in daring and in danger,until the day arrived when he had to come face to face with the dragon. The lord of the geats took eleven comrades and went in a rage to reconnoiter" {pg.16}[Lines 2394-2402]
  • Beowulf spoke, made a formal boast for the last time . I risked my life often when I was young . Now I am old, but as king of the people I shall pursue this fight for the glory of winning, if the evil one will only abandon his earth-fort and face me in the open."{pg.16}[Lines 2510-2505]
  • - " And now, although he wanted this challenge to be one he'd face by himself alone -the shepherd of our land, a man unequaled in the quest for glory and A name for daring now the day has come when this lord we serve needs sound men to give him their support. Let us go to him, help our leader through the hot flame and dread of the fire.{pg 18}[Lines 2642-2650]
  • We must stand back
  • "Next thing, they say, the noble son of weohstan saw the king in danger at his side and displayed his inborn bravery and strength. He left the head alone, but his fighting hand was burned when he came to his kinsman's aid. He lunged at the enemy lower down so that his sword sank into it's belly and the flames are weaker {pg.19}[Lines 2694-2701]
  • Im on my way to help you beowulf
  • " Then the king in his great-heartedness unclasped the collar of gold from his neck and gave it to the young thane , telling him to use it and the war shirt and the gilded helmet well. You are the last of us , the only one left of the waegmundings. Fate swept us all away, sent my whole brave high-born clan to their final doom. Now I must follow them. That was the warrior's last words."{pg.20}[Lines 2809-2817]
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