Beowulf’s fight with Grendel and Grendel’s Mother Flashcard Example #60302

Why does Grendel go to Hrothgar’s dwelling?
to devour the men there because the sounds of their joy remind him that he is shunned by God.
Why does Beowulf want to fight Grendel?
Grendel has killed many men, but most of all he wants fame and glory. He considers this act as repayment of Hrothgar’s kindness to his father.
Who is the “captain of evil” , the “hell-serf”, and the “bane of the race of men”?
Grendel
What language was the story originally written in?
Old English
Who is the Geat captain?
Beowulf
How does Beowulf surprise Grendel?
He pretends to be sleeping and when Grendel attacks him, he puts Grendel in an armlock.
Where does Grendel go after the fight?
He returns to his lair in the fens. (wetlands)
What does Beowulf hang over the door to the mead hall after the fight?
Grendel’s arm and shoulder.
In what way does Grendel’s mother avenge her son’s death?
She chooses her victim carefully, Hrothgar’s best friend, in an attempt to make him feel her pain.
Beowulf’s sword given to him after he kills Grendel, fails him when trying to kill Grendel’s mother so he uses a giant’s sword that he finds to kill her
Hrunting
What experience does Beowulf have that may prove helpful in his battle with Grendel’s mother?
He has fought sea monsters before
What element does this quotation show?
“God, who sent him victory, gave judgment For truth and right, Ruler of the Heavens…”, Brings in the universal theme of?
Foreshadowing that Beowulf would win the battle against Grendel’s mother, Good overcomes Evil
What does Beowulf take back after the battle?
Grendel’s head, with the sword handle

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