Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Literature: Beowulf

Both Old English and modern English poetry use alliteration, which isa long pause. he repetition of consonant sounds.
Old English developed from tribes. Germainc
Read the passage from Beowulf.”It bothers me to have to burden anyonewith all the grief Grendel has causedand the havoc he has wreaked upon us in Heorot,our humiliations. My household-guardare on the wane, fate sweeps them awayinto Grendel’s clutches—but God can easilyhalt these raids and harrowing attacks!Which interpretation of Beowulf does the passage best support? While reading Beowulf, the reader encounters aspects of Anglo-Saxon culture such as Christian and Pagan traditions.
Read the passage from Beowulf.The hero arose, surrounded closelyby his powerful thanes. A party remainedunder orders to keep watch on the arms;the rest proceeded, led by their princeunder Heorot’s roof.And standing on the hearthin webbed links that the smith had woven,the fine-forged mesh of his gleaming mail-shirt,resolute in his helmet, Beowulf spoke:Which word from the passage is a feature of Anglo-Saxon culture? thanes
Read Anja’s inference about Hrothgar.Despite Grendel’s success in killing Hrothgar’s men, Hrothgar’s faith in God remained unshaken.Which passage best supports her inference? [Hrothgar] Now Holy Godhas, in His goodness, guided him hereto the West-Danes, to defend us from Grendel.
When a student studies the way the English language has evolved, the student is studying English’s development
To make an inference correctly, a reader should provide evidence to support the inference.
Wealhtheow came in,Hrothgar’s queen, observing the courtesies.Adorned in her gold, she graciously salutedthe men in hall, then handed the cupfirst to Hrothgar, their homeland’s guardian,urging him to drink deep and enjoy itbecause he was dear to them. And he drank it downlike the warlord he was, with festive cheer.So the Helming woman went on her rounds, queenly and dignified, decked out in rings,offering the goblet to all ranks,treating the household and the assembled troopuntil it was Beowulf’s turn to take it from her hand.With measured words she welcomed the Geatand thanked God for granting her wishthat a deliverer she could believe in would arriveto ease their afflictions.Which inference is most supported by the passage? Wealhtheow has not been impressed by the men who have fought Grendel up to this point.
Read the passage from Beowulf.From where he crouched at the king’s feet,Unferth, a son of Ecglaf’s, spokecontrary words. Beowulf’s coming,his sea-braving, made him sick with envy:he could not brook or abide the factthat anyone else alive under heavenmight enjoy greater regard than he did:The passage supports the inference that Unferth is petty.
refers to a conclusion based on evidence in the text. Inference

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