Friday, May 13, 2011

Completion of Norse Death Customs and "Beowulf" take-home quiz assigned

Dear Mythology Kids,
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. You only have two weeks left, and I know that you can make it. Please let me know what I can do to assist you!

1. Each "death customs" group shared their particular information with the entire class. I had images that correlate with each groups' topic. If you missed class, please obtain the information from a friend, as doing so will assist you with understanding "Balder's Death" located on pg. 150 of your textbook.
2. We then watched a film associated with "Balder's Death" and Loki's punishment.

1. Please select two of the following questions for your "Beowulf" take-home quiz. Please complete your questions using MLA format and Academic Voice. If you would like to receive extra-credit then you can respond to more than two questions.

1.      One important poetic device in Old English is the "kenning," a compound word in which one thing is described by a fanciful two-word metaphor. For example, the sea is described as a "whale-road,” Hrothgar is described as a "ring-giver,” and a murderer is described as a "corpse-maker.” What effect do these kennings have on you as a reader? How do they add to the poetic atmosphere of the epic? Locate additional kennings to those indicated above and indicate the importance of your chosen kennings.

2.      As discussed in class, Fate plays a significant role in Norse myths. How much control do the characters in Beowulf have over their fates? Are skilled warriors any more likely to succeed than cowards? Include textual evidence from the poem to support your response.

3.      Beowulf represents the successful blending of pagan and Christian elements.  These elements are incorporated side-by-side in the epic.  Describe and explain the placement of these elements including readers’ acceptance of both. Support your response with textual evidence.

4.      In Beowulf, the distribution of wealth is an essential part of the social structure. How important is wealth in Beowulf, and how does it relate to other Norse myths we have discussed. Support your response with textual evidence.

5.      According to the archetypal heroic pattern, is Beowulf a “true” hero? Review the nine traits and indicate if Beowulf’s character follows the archetype. Is Beowulf an ideal hero and king? Is there anything lacking in his character? Support your response with textual evidence. In addition, why is the concept of fame and glory so significant to the Norse warrior? Support your response with textual evidence.

2. Please read "Death of Balder" on page 150. Notate the myth concerning Norse Death Customs. You should locate a total of 10 connections.
3. Journals are due on Thursday. Make sure you have a total of 13!

4. Don't  miss class on Tuesday!


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