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Learning Task 2 (BEOWULF)
1. Why did Beowulf decide to free the Danes from Grendel? Because of bravery and honor.It is also mentioned in
my research that the primary reason of Beowulf is to repay the debt created by Beowulf's father Ecgtheow to
Hrothgar.
2. Why did Beowulf fight Grendel with his bare hands? What does this reveal
about his character? Many say that no weapons can kill or injure Grendal.Beowulf is know by his strong hands.It is
said that his arms is as strong asthe grip of thirty men,but he still strugles to injure and kill Grendal.This act reveals
how brave Beowulf is,and how he is willing to risk his life for honor and to help those in need.
3.Why was it harder for Beowulf to kill Grendel’s mother than Grendel himself?
Grendels mother,an underwater swamp monster is far more stronger that Grendal himself.She is also powered by
greed and hatred,especially after she knew that Beowulf killed her beloved son.
4. What were the qualities deeply esteemed by the people of those times? Would
those qualities be equally esteemed in our times?
From my observation,the people of those times were not that smart.They let greed and hatred interfere with there
decisons,thus,they suffer the consequences.
5. Complete the story below.
King Hrothgar of Denmark enjoyed a prosperous and successful reign. He
built a great mead-hall called (1) Heorot where his warriors could gather to
drink, receive gifts from their lord, and listen to stories sung by the bards.
However, the jubilant noise from Heorot angered (2) Grendel, a horrible
demon who lived in the swamplands of Hrothgar’s kingdom. Grendel terrorized the
Danes every night, killed them and defeated their efforts to fight back.
Eventually, a young warrior named (3) Beowulf heard of Hrothgar’s
plight. Inspired by the challenge, Beowulf sailed to Denmark with a small
company of men, determined to defeat Grendel. King Hrothgar, who had once
done a great favor for Beowulf’s father, (4) Ecgtheow, accepted Beowulf’s offer to
fight Grendel and held a feast in the hero’s honour. During the feast, an envious
Dane named (5) Unferth taunted Beowulf and accused him of being unworthy
of his reputation. Beowulf responded with a boastful description of some of his
past accomplishments. His confidence cheered the Danish warriors, and the feast
lasted merrily into the night.
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At last, however, Grendel arrived. Beowulf fought him unarmed, proving
himself stronger than the demon. As Grendel struggled to escape, Beowulf tore the
monster’s (6) arm off which caused his death.
However, another threat was approaching. Grendel’s mother came to
Heorot seeking revenge for her son’s death. She murdered Beowulf’s men. To
avenge them, Beowulf travelled to the murky swamp, where Beowulf dived into the
water and fought Grendel’s mother in her underwater lair. He killed her with a
(7) sword forged by a giant. Beowulf also found Grendel’s corpse inside the
underwater lair, decapitated it and brought the head to the kingdom as a prize to
King Hrothgar. The Danes were again overjoyed, and Beowulf’s fame spread
across the kingdom.
Beowulf departed after a sorrowful goodbye to King Hrothgar. He returned
to (8) Geatland and ascended to the throne of the Geats. Beowulf ruled wisely for
fifty years.
When Beowulf was an old man, however, a (9) thief stole a golden cup
from a cave where a great dragon lived. Enraged, the dragon emerged from the
cave and begun unleashing fiery destruction upon the Geats. Sensing his own
death approaching, Beowulf went to fight the dragon. With the aid of
(10) Wiglaf, he succeeded in killing the beast, but at a heavy cost. The dragon
bit Beowulf and its fiery venom killed him after their encounter.
The Geats burned Beowulf’s body on a huge funeral pyre and then buried
him with a massive treasure in a barrow overlooking the sea.

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Learning Task 2 (BEOWULF) 1. Why did Beowulf decide to free the Danes from Grendel? Because of bravery and honor.It is also mentioned in my research that the primary reason of Beowulf is to repay the debt created by Beowulf's father Ecgtheow to Hrothgar. 2. Why did Beowulf fight Grendel with his bare hands? What does this reveal about his character? Many say that no weapons can kill or injure Grendal.Beowulf is know by his strong hands.It is said that his arms is as strong asthe grip of thirty men,but he still strugles to injure and kill Grendal.This act reveals how brave Beowulf is,and how he is willing to risk his life for honor and to help those in need. 3.Why was it harder for Beowulf to kill Grendel’s mother than Grendel himself? Grendels mother,an underwater swamp monster is far more stronger that Grendal himself.She is also powered by greed and hatred,especially after she knew that Beowulf killed her beloved son. 4. What were the qualities deeply esteemed by the people of those times? Would those qualities be equally esteemed in our times? From my observation,the people of those times were not that smart.They let greed and hatred interfere with there decisons,thus,they suffer the consequences. 5. Complete the story below. King Hrothgar of Denmark enjoyed a prosperous and successful reign. He built a great mead-hall called (1) Heorot where his warriors could gather to drink, receive gifts from their lord, and listen to stories sung by the bards. However, the jubilant noise from Heorot angered (2) Grendel, a horrible demon who lived in the swamplands of Hrothgar’s kingdom. Grendel terrorized the Danes every night, killed them and defeated their efforts to fight back. Eventually, a young warrior named (3) Beowulf heard of Hrothgar’s plight. Inspired by the challenge, Beowulf sailed to Denmark with a small company of men, determined to defeat Grendel. King Hrothgar, who had once done a great favor for Beowulf’s father, (4) Ecgtheow, accepted Beowulf’s offer to fight Grendel and held a feast in the hero’s honour. During the feast, an envious Dane named (5) Unferth taunted Beowulf and accused him of being unworthy of his reputation. Beowulf responded with a boastful description of some of his past accomplishments. His confidence cheered the Danish warriors, and the feast lasted merrily into the night. At last, however, Grendel arrived. Beowulf fought him unarmed, proving himself stronger than the demon. As Grendel struggled to escape, Beowulf tore the monster’s (6) arm off which caused his death. However, another threat was approaching. Grendel’s mother came to Heorot seeking revenge for her son’s death. She murdered Beowulf’s men. To avenge them, Beowulf travelled to the murky swamp, where Beowulf dived into the water and fought Grendel’s mother in her underwater lair. He killed her with a (7) sword forged by a giant. Beowulf also found Grendel’s corpse inside the underwater lair, decapitated it and brought the head to the kingdom as a prize to King Hrothgar. The Danes were again overjoyed, and Beowulf’s fame spread across the kingdom. Beowulf departed after a sorrowful goodbye to King Hrothgar. He returned to (8) Geatland and ascended to the throne of the Geats. Beowulf ruled wisely for fifty years. When Beowulf was an old man, however, a (9) thief stole a golden cup from a cave where a great dragon lived. Enraged, the dragon emerged from the cave and begun unleashing fiery destruction upon the Geats. Sensing his own death approaching, Beowulf went to fight the dragon. With the aid of (10) Wiglaf, he succeeded in killing the beast, but at a heavy cost. The dragon bit Beowulf and its fiery venom killed him after their encounter. The Geats burned Beowulf’s body on a huge funeral pyre and then buried him with a massive treasure in a barrow overlooking the sea. Name: Description: ...
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