Grendel Attacks the Danes

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
– 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
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
• (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
• 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
– 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
– 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
Related flashcards

Christian soteriology

21 cards

Jewish theology

31 cards

Christian theology

24 cards

Christian theologians

71 cards


21 cards

Create Flashcards