Grendel Attacks the Danes Part 1 Grendel Attacks the Danes • Lines 1-14 speak of the warriors singing and praising God for creation. This is an example of allusion. – An allusion is a author’s reference to another ____________, event, _______, place, piece of ____ or music that the reader would be familiar with. – Make a tally mark every time you see an allusion and jot down the line number. Grendel Attacks the Danes • Line ____ references a mead hall, which was like a barracks where the soldiers slept, ate and drank… a lot. • In line 20, there is a reference to ______. He is the son of Adam and Even who killed his brother out of jealousy and thus is the world’s first murderer. The bible tells us that he was ________ (out of protection from others). – Gen. 4:1-16 Grendel Attacks the Danes • Lines 25-26 is another blatant example of the unknown poet’s attempts to infuse this story with _______________. – He is attributing all things that go bump in the night, everything that a medieval person would be frightened of, as a descendent of Cain because of his ______________ to God. • Line 36 is one of my favorite instances of __________… Grendel being the ultimate creeper! Grendel Attacks the Danes • Line 37 gives us food for thought (haha) about how big Grendel was. Consider how many men he was able to grab easily in one fell swoop. • (Cartoon strip for lines 1-50) • Lines 54-55 gives us an idea of how bad things have gotten if the ______are no longer partying it up, but running back home to their wives and mamas. Grendel Attacks the Danes • Line 56 points out how Grendel could have worn them down so completely… how alert could you be after being hunted every time you stopped to ______? • Lines 59-60 are a short ________to those few men who were brave enough to stand up to him. • Line 62 tells us how long _________has been tormenting the Danes. Grendel Attacks the Danes • Lines 64-66 show us how old time _______got from place to place. • Lines 74-79 is a great example of keening. – Keening is a literary term for renaming a _______with a __________________… (kind of like combining a pronoun with an adjective phrase) – Try to keep a list of the many ways Grendel, Beowulf and Grendel’s mother are referred to. Grendel Attacks the Danes • Line 77 – I take back my earlier statement… THIS is the ultimate example of Grendel being a creeper! – When I read that he hunted them from the marshes, always there, __________, ________, I can’t help but hear “I always feel like, somebody’s watching me” play in my head! (Music video/Movie intro) • Line 84 tells us that as God’s _______________on earth (stealing the Pope’s job) King _________was protected by God and that’s why Grendel cant’ get him. Grendel Attacks the Danes • In addition to your list of allusion and keening examples, make a list for yourself of the names of the main characters, weapons, and places of the story as they share VERY Germanic spellings and pronunciations. Work Cited COMING SOON!!