English 100 E. Wilputte Sept 27th 2011 Dragon vs. Beowulf *Equal, both old and respected. *respectful tone, both no longer rule, “no more” echoes the “Last Lament” Beowulf fights Dragon- his comrades leave, run away into the woods to save their own lives. Wiglaf (young, first fight, this shows he is brave and courageous) stays to fight by Beowulf’s side. Naegling the sword breaks because Beowulf was too strong. Because of this the Dragon has a chance to bite him in the neck(burns and swells) Wiglaf and Beowulf together take down the Dragon. Wiglaf must deliver the “unlovely truth”- makes all the thanes embarrassed because they ran away and left their great king to whom the swore allegiance to to die. Structure- epic poem, circular, digressive(strays away from the story of Beowulf ie Hilduburgh, Freu Waru digression) At the end of the epic poem the Christian write backs off and does not input his Christian views and judgment on the situation. Style 3rd person narrative Biblical Imagery (kennings) Rhythms Alliteration Tone of voice (somber) Repetitive CHAUCER: 1300 years after Beowulf, middle English, 14th century writer, written in iambic pentameter Canterbury Tales: 4 stories (we will read only one of them) 21 pilgrims and a narrator (Chaucer the pilgrim: a mask/persona of Chaucer the writer) Satire- the literary art of diminishing someone/something , uses laughter as a weapon, uses to make fun of society to reveal how/what is wrong with it to show what needs to be fixed. Society is broken up into three sections: those who pray, fight or work. Framing device: brings all of the seemingly unrelated stories together. (ie. They are all at the Inn telling their stories) Pilgrimage as a metaphor for life The Knight Humble Never rude to anyone Devoted Courageous Meek “perfect knight” Satire to show what real knights are like: flashy. The knight in the story is used to mock societies knights by showing what they should be like, showing the errors and corruption of real life knights The Squire(son of Knight) Lusty bachelor Curly hair Vain 20 years old Moderate height Great strength A hot lover Has money and status Always travelling on a horse Flashy clothing Loves attention Romantic man Care free Talented Composer/ musician/ jouster Humble and helpful to his father Does his job well however his motives are a bit off Juxtaposition with his father The Nun (Prioress) (Madame Eglentyne) She curses Upper class lady Speaks French, sings Neat and dainty while eating Charitable, compassionate If she saw a dead mouse in a trap she would weep for it Feeds her dogs white bread, roasted beef and milk( useless, she should give it to the poor not to dogs, and nuns are not able to have pets but she does, this shows she is not a very good nun.) Plump, loves food Wide fore head Gray eyes( mysterious) Shapely nose Small red mouth She is attractive.