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Beowulf Packet

Write words around the box answering the question. Use magazine words and pictures.


Name _______________

What is a Hero?

A hero is someone who is distinguished for his or her courage or ability. They are admired for brave deeds and noble qualities. They may have performed heroic acts. They may also be someone who is a model or an ideal.

1. Make a list of all the heroes you can think of – both real and fictional.

2. Think about a person in your life who you might consider a hero. Write a short explanation or story about why you consider him or her to be a hero.

1. “Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one.”

Baltasar Gacian Y Morales

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2. “A coward dies a thousand deaths, a hero only one.”

William Shakespeare

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3. "The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by."

Felix Adler

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4. "Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story."

John Barth

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5. "A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around."

Edgar Watson Howe

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6. "The world has no room for cowards. We must all be ready somehow to toil, to suffer, to die. And yours is not the less noble because no drum beats before you when you go out into your daily battlefields, and no crowds shout about your coming when you return from your daily victory or defeat.“

Robert Louis Stevenson

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Pretend you are telling a friend about someone you know that they have never met before. Describe their appearance, behaviors, personality, etc. You may use direct quotes from our book!

Scyld Scefing –

Hrothgar –

Wealtheow –

Unferth –

Grendel –

Grendel’s Mother –

Firedrake –

Beowulf –

Number the steps as they occur and describe how Beowulf’s journey fits that particular step in the journey of the hero.
___ Call to adventure

___ Wise and helpful guide – a mentor for the hero

___ Threshold – hero must leave familiar life

___ Labyrinth (Maze) – symbol of the difficult journey into the unknown

___ Hero deeds – starts with a challenge to mortal combat. Good triumphs over evil

___ Dark road of trials – a long and dangerous path of ordeals bring illumination and understanding

___ Belly of the monster – hero is swallowed by a monster

___ Sacred grove – enclosure where the hero is changed

___ Sacrifice – required for the hero’s heart and mind to be opened to spiritual knowledge
___ Father quest – hero finds father and becomes one with him

___ Hero’s return – hero returns from adventure with means to benefit society

___ Return of evil – forces of evil can regain their power and develop new strength

___ Enchanted forest – inhabitants can be both dangerous and helpful

___ Heart of darkness – hero must enter the fortress of evil to destroy its stronghold

___ Final victory – evil is destroyed through physical force, cunning, or its own turn from evil to good

___ Journey’s end – hero brings back from adventure the means for regenerating society

Guess and Check

Unknown Word

Clues to the Meaning (from the sentence in the book

Guess the Meaning

Check the Meaning in the Dictionary


Did your guess match?


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Ch. 6


Ch. 10


Ch. 13


Ch. 16


Ch. 16

Good vs. Evil
In Beowulf, the theme of good vs. evil is emphasized. Good – characters, places, and actions that are good are described with images of light. Evil – characters, places, and actions that are evil are described with images of darkness. Read and analyze the following passages. How are light and dark used to represent good and evil?
Pages 19 – 21 “Hrothgar was not able to remember . . . as if it were his own hand burning.”
Images of light and how they represent good:

Images of dark and how they represent evil:

Pages 40 – 42: “The hall was left completely in darkness . . . he could not get away.”
Images of light and how they represent good:

Images of dark and how they represent evil:

Make note of the important conflicts here so you can put them in your RAFTs and plot diagram. You can also use these notes to help with your final project.

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