Extra Credit for the 2nd Marking Period has been posted to the handouts page!
Please note that it is due on Feb. 4th (B day) and Feb. 5th (A day)
We're moving on to the next tale in The Canterbury saga- this one by The Knight! It is a simple story about friendship and courtly love. (Remember, courtly love is about "wooing" a woman who may or may not be available.) This particular tale is also chock full of Greek and Roman mythology. Here's a Who's Who to help you along!
Who was the fattest of King Arthur's knights? Sir Cumference!
I wonder if he got that way from eating too much Pi! LOL
Now that we've met all of the pilgrims headed on Spring Break, let's start the stories they told!
We're beginning with the Nun's Priest Tale. Interestingly enough, the Nun’s Priest is not described in the Prologue. We will see from his story of Chanticleer that he is a witty, self-effacing preacher. The Nun's Priest's Tale starts off with a brief Prologue- the Knight asks that someone tell a tale that is the opposite of tragedy, one that narrates the extreme good fortune of someone previously brought low. The Host picks the Nun’s Priest, the priest traveling with the Prioress and her nun, and demands that he tell a tale that will gladden the hearts of the company members. Will it be a tale of good fortune? Stay tuned!
What day of the week do chickens hate the most?
We're off on a ROAD TRIP! And subsequently our next unit: The Canterbury Tales!
The Cantebury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is about a group of people who go on a pilgrimage or road trip to a religious site called Canterbury. Think about where people go nowadays on road trips and what you do along the ride. That's in essence the premise of the book! Now Chaucer wrote over 20 tales in the original, we will only be covering 5- including the Prologue with a TON of FUN along the way!
Vacay! Road Trip!
I hope everyone enjoyed their two days off and did well on their marking period 1 quarterlies!
We're wrapping up Book 3 of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and moving into Book 4! During the 3 days of Gawain's visit at the mysterious castle, the lord's wife is definitely testing his chivalric values, in particular, Courtesy, Pity, and Fellowship (aka Bro Code). With that being said, what is Bro or Girl Code? What "unwritten rules" do we as a gender tend to follow in both life and relationships? Keep in mind, back in the day, Bro Code was in essence one's chivalric values AND when in a relationship (or potential relationships) you followed the rules of Courtly Love. We're going to examine these "rules" and see of they still hold true today!
Suit Up & Be Awesome- Barney from How I met Your Mother
Juniors! Quick reminder, we will be having our PSAT on Wednesday. Be sure to get a full night's rest and eat a hearty breakfast!
We will reconvene on Thursday and Friday where we will go over the overview of Sir Gawain's tale and the background info as well as starting to read it in class.
Your shields are due this week. Be ready to present them!
Maybe you haven't heard of Sir Gawain, but I'm sure you definitely know of King Arthur. Sir Gawain is one of Arthur's trusty knights, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a looong poem about him.
This poem is part of the medieval romance tradition (not romance like The Notebook), which means it focuses on the journey or quest of a single knight in our case, Sir Gawain and what he learns about himself in the process of pursuing a great adventure. The noble Gawain accepts the challenge of a mysterious knight. Nope, not a dark knight or a black knight....a GREEN one! And the story goes from there.
Just a reminder- we have our Beowulf Test this week! Study!!!
We've reached the end of our epic poem ladies and gentlemen. And yes, Beowulf will fight a dragon for his final battle!
But before all of that, I feel it is important to discuss the concept of comitatus. What is that you ask?? The theme of comitatus (that the king must be protected at all times or avenged if he is killed) is seen constantly throughout Beowulf. The king's guards sleep in the mead hall while he sleeps in an adjoining chamber so that they can protect him always; if anyone wants to harm the king, he has to go through a room full of warriors. Think about what a warrior give his king: his life. What does the king give in return that would make them want to risk their lives?
Also, I foresee a Vocab Quiz and a test on Beowulf in the near future!!!!
The question I pose is this: What would you have to be offered to risk your life for someone else? I'm thinking a S'Mores Blizzard from DQ! :-P
After Beowulf severs Grendel's arm during the fight at Heorot, Grendel, knowing that his wound is mortal, escapes to his home in the fens.
Even though Beowulf's defeat of Grendel becomes the occasion of great celebration among the Geats and Danes, who believe the threat to Hrothgar's people has ended with Grendel's death, a more serious threat looms in the form of Grendel's mother.
After Heorot is restored to its original grandeur (before Grendel's attacks began), Hrothgar's and Beowulf's men celebrate Beowulf's triumph over Grendel and sleep in the hall, completely unaware that trouble, in the form of Grendel's mother, is on its way!
Beowulf's defeat of Grendel is actually just a prelude to the battle with Grendel's mother, who is animated by not only her hatred of men but also her desire for revenge and is much more powerful and dangerous than Grendel.
The question I pose to you is this: Is Grendel's mom really a villain or just a grieving mother?
What does Grendel's mother have for breakfast? Coffee and a couple danish.
We're continuing our exploration of Beowulf and of course we finally meet face to face (ish?) Grendel!
Grendel is a man-eating demon that lives in the land of the Danes and attacks King Hrothgar's mead-hall, Herot, every evening. The narrator of Beowulf claims that Grendel's motivation is hearing Hrothgar's nightly partying, which rubs his demonic nature the wrong way. Whatever the reason, every night Grendel slaughters more Danes and feeds on their corpses after tearing them limb from limb. Grendel will finally meet his match when Beowulf comes to town!
If you recall from the Prologue, the poet narrator explains that Grendel is the descendant of the Biblical Cain; suggesting that not only is he part of a larger religious or supernatural scheme of evil, but also that they are connected with one of the worst things possible in tribal culture – fratricide, or the killing of a brother. What I've always wondered though is what does he ACTUALLY look like? You'll see at many points in the poem, Grendel seems less like a Biblical figure and more like a ghost, a demon, or something else that belongs in a horror movie.
From what I've learned in college, it is argued that Grendel might represent something that isn't supernatural at all – a member of another tribe, an outcast, or a warrior who won't play by the rules. After all, the real problem with Grendel is not that he kills people. Pretty much everyone in this story kills people. The problem with Grendel is that he seems to kill for fun and he won't pay the blood money owed to the families of the Danes he's killed. So, it's possible to see Grendel, not as a fantastic monster, but as a monstrous human warrior with a pathological love for violence. Or, to spin it another way, you can read Grendel as a vilification of "the other," or the "outcast" a demonic representation of someone outside the tribe. Of course, since he feeds on the corpses of his victims, that makes him a cannibal. But maybe that just adds to the chilling horror of it all.
Please note that a Vocab Quiz can POP up at anytime!!! Maybe the 18th and 19th.....hint hint!
Did you hear about the cannibal that arrived late to the party? He was given a cold shoulder! I crack myself up sometimes!