This download includes PART 1 of the unit described below
This unit discusses the influences on Beowulf, the plot and characters of Beowulf, the themes and symbols of Beowulf, and the influences of Beowulf on later stories. There are primary sources, secondary sources, pictures, graphics, graphic organizers, links to video clips on YouTube, and much more. The 4 parts can be taught independently, or together as a unit. Enjoy!
PART 1: WORKS THAT INFLUENCED BEOWULF (10 slides), including: background on the epic, the bard, the languages, the similarities in Homer's Odyssey, similarities in Virgil's Aeneid, similarities and references in the Bible, and more
PART 2: PLOT SUMMARY OF BEOWULF (15 slides), including: introduction of characters, step-by-step summarization of the setting, the first battle (Grendel), the second battle (Grendel's mother), and the third battle (the dragon), Old English excerpts compared to modern English excerpts, and more
PART 3: THEMES FOUND IN BEOWULF (10 slides), including: desire, injuries (physical or psychological), Pride, strength, skill and the mortality of man, embrace the injury to fulfill heroic calling, Good versus evil, recognize evil in himself to be truly good, Envy, jealousy, Justice, vengeance, and more
PART 4: WORKS INFLUENCED BY BEOWULF (15 slides), including: J.R.R. Tolkien, similarities in the Hobbit, similarities in Lord of the Rings, connections to Superman, Batman, The Village, Ironman, Wallace and Gromit, the 13th Warrior and more