Beowulf- Characters, Quotes, etc.

speaker: Beowulfperson spoken to: Hrothgarsituation: When the soliders are preparing for Grendel’s attack “I have heard moreover that the monster scorns in his reckless way to use weapons; therefore to heighten Hygelac’s fame and gladden his heart, I hereby renounce sword and the shelter of the broad shield, the heavy war- broad: hand to hand is how it will be, a life- and- death fight with the fiend.”
speaker: Beowulfsituation: After battling Grendel’s mom “It is always better to avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning. For everyone one of us, living in this world means waiting for our end.”
speaker: Beowulfperson spoken to: Hrothgarsituation: During the time when Beowulf and other warriors arrive to the kingdom “If ever I hear from across the ocean that people on your borders are threatening battle as attackers have done from time to time, I shall land with a thousand thanes at my back to help your cause.”
speaker: Wiglafperson spoken to: the warriors who didn’t help Beowulf while defeating the dragonsituation: After Beowulf is killed by the dragon, becasue the other warriors didn’t join in “Everyone of you with freeholds of land, our whole nation, will be dispossed, once princes from beyond get tidings of how you turned and fled and disgraced yourselves. A warrior will sooner die than live a life of shame.”
speaker: Wiglafperson spoken to: Geats (warriors)situation: When Geats do not help Beowulf “Often when one man follows his own will many are hurt.”
speaker: Beowulfperson spoken to: Wiglafsituation: Beowulf’s last words after he killed the dragon (last words with Wiglaf) “You are the last of us, the only one left of the Waegmundings. Fate swept us away, sent my whole brave highborn clan to their final decision. Now I must follow them.
What is the order of the Plot Diagram? exposition, rising action, conflict, climax, falling action, resolution
Hrothgar’s wife Wellthou
Hrothgar King of the Danes whose mead hall and men are menaced by Grendal
Unferth Hrothgar’s retainer; (insults Beowulf)
Beowulf The mighty warrior who later becomes king of the Geats
Grendel Descendant of Cain who terrorizes Heorot
Danes Hrothgar’s thanes/ warriors
Hyde Hygelac’s wife
Headred Son of Hygelac and Hygd, who becomes king after his father’s death; supported by Beowulf until death
Hygelac King of the Geats
Wiglaf Young thane who remains loyal to Beowulf and later becomes king of the Geats
Dragon Angered by a theft from his treasure trove, he plagues the later years of Beowulf’s region; kills Beouwulf
Grendel’s mother A formidable foe who seeks revenge for her son’s death

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