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Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about analyzing Beowulf for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:
- Analyses of the prologue and ending of Beowulf
- Summaries of parts 1 & 2 of Beowulf
- A synopsis of what happens when Beowulf fights the dragon
- Summation of the final battle of Beowulf
- An abstract and analysis of Beowulf's eulogy
1. Beowulf Prologue: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will discuss the life, reign, and death of Scyld Scefing, as well as his son Beow, as recounted in the Prologue of Beowulf, an Old English epic poem.
2. Beowulf Part 1: Summary & Analysis
When a hideous monster, known as Grendel, attacks the thanes of the noble King Hrothgar, he and his people need a miracle. They find it in a stranger from across the sea, the hero Beowulf.
3. Beowulf Part 2: Summary & Analysis
The second part of the epic poem 'Beowulf' starts with the discovery of yet another monster stalking the mead hall Heorot, and our hero sets off again to prove his valor and save Denmark.
4. Beowulf Fighting the Dragon: Summary
Fifty years after getting rid of Grendel and Grendel's mother, the epic hero Beowulf faces his third and final monster, a dragon who has been ravaging the countryside. But this battle will be unlike any he's ever seen.
5. Beowulf's Last Battle
Fifty years after killing the evil Grendel and his mother, the epic hero, Beowulf, faces his third and final monster, a dragon that has been attacking Geatland. But this last battle will be completely different than the ones before, and spells the end for our epic hero.
6. Beowulf Eulogy: Summary & Analysis
The eulogy of Beowulf's people for their king is an expression of mourning that gives historical insight into the culture that produced the epic and is remarkable for its emotional immediacy. This lesson analyzes it in the Seamus Heaney translation.
7. Beowulf's Ending: Summary & Analysis
Beowulf's epic story ends when Beowulf dies following a big fight with a formidable opponent, a fire-breathing dragon. In this lesson, discover how Beowulf's final days are meaningful to modern readers.
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