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BEOWULF

Beowulf is a man of many feats; slaying beasts, leading groups, and even becoming king. The man of legend had accomplished many things in his lifetime. However, who is Beowulf exactly? Who is this fictional character that is described in such a way to depict him as an epic hero?

Beowulf is the protagonist of the story Beowulf, which was written during the time of the Angelo-Saxon period of Great Britain. He is one of the most well-known heroes of yore, hailing from the land of Geats, son of Ecgtheow, and leader of group of men in his many adventures. When he visits King Hrothgar, he accepts the quest of killing Grendel, knowing he may fail but not backing down in his conviction. During his quest to kill Grendel, he slew a sea monster that had attacked him and his men, though due to it having nine tentacles, he believed it was nine sea monsters rather than just one. After he accomplished this, he took shelter in a hall of Danes, where he encountered Grendel. After a long battle between the two, Beowulf cuts off one of Grendel’s arms, however he does not kill him. Instead, he lets him flee, but this comes back to haunt him as one of his biggest mistakes. After the death of some of his men, Beowulf goes out and slays Grendel's Mother in a cave below a lake. Years pass and he rules as a king for fifty years until a dragon begins to cause havoc. Believing he can kill the dragon, Beowulf goes off to fight it alone, however he underestimates the beasts and winds up getting slain, but not before he slays the mighty beast. With Beowulf’s valiant death, his story reaches its conclusion. Though these are but a small number of his feats, he still has a lot more to his name than one might expect. A man of courage, strength, and willpower, he conquered many challenges and fell at his final one.

How to be Beowulf:
https://snapguide.com/guides/be-beowulf-70/#published

There are many representations of Beowulf in terms of art. They typically tend to share some sort of similarities, but they always have their differences.

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We’ll use these three pictures as examples of these similarities and differences.

First we’ll start with what all three pictures have in common: Beowulf’s face, body, and hair. All three versions of Beowulf depict him as being a burly but handsome man with medium length blond hair and a beard. The first and third also depict him as wearing some form of armor, symbolizing his role as a warrior. They also have some kind of sword somewhere in their pictures, showing his preferred choice of weapon.

Now for the differences. Unlike the first and third pictures, the second picture doesn’t depict him wearing armor; instead, he is shown wearing clothes made of some kind of fabric. The second one is also missing the headware that is shown in the first and third pictures. All three also show different situations he is in, the first one being a simple portrait-esque scene, the second being his first fight with Grendel, and the third being the result of his fight with Grendel's Mother. Unlike the first picture and third picture, the second picture depicts him in a more gritty way, giving him the impression he is more barbaric than you would think.




GREEN KNIGHT

The Green Knight is a figure who visits King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, riding in with no armor and carrying a large axe. He demands that someone strike him with the catch being he will return in a year to return the strike, and King Arthur being the mighty man he is, accepts his challenge. However, before he can go through with the challenge, Sir Gawaine interrupts him, saying he will do it instead. Taking the axe, Gawaine decapitates the Green Knight, however rather than the figure dying, he simply picks up his head and leaves. He was created by Morgana le Fay to cause chaos within the kingdom, however due to Gawaine’s interference, this did not come to pass. Knowing of Gawaine’s just actions and his minor sin, he simply makes a scar on Gawaine rather than decapitate him like Gawaine did to him. His actions show that the amount of sins made and however heavy they are influence the amount of damage he does to a person who hurt him before.

The following are pictures that represent the green knight to me.

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This picture gives me an idea of what he looked like when he rode into the court of the Knights of the Round Table.
This picture gives me an idea of what he looked like when he was leaving the Knights of the Round Table. Notice how his face seems very unamused.
This picture reminds me how he is a big green man. Bigger than most men I mean, as the Jolly Green Giant is bigger than most men. It is a silly reference, but it’s effective to a degree.

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“No, I seek no battle. I assure you truly; Those about me in this hall are but beardless children.”
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“See, Gawain, that you carry out your promise exactly, and search for me truly, sir, until I am found, as you have sworn in this hall in the hearing of these knights.”
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“The wrong you did me I consider wiped out.”



THE PILGRIMS


For the most part, Chaucer describes a number of his pilgrims in a way that paints them as sinners. Not all of them, but a few of them. Of the seven deadly sins, greed, lust, gluttony, sloth, wrath, and pride are the only ones I can pull out, not envy. Greed is the most common sin, unsurprisingly if you ask me, followed by gluttony and lust, and sloth and pride pulling up the rear. He tends to favor those without money over those who do, which is not a big surprise considering how people have viewed the rich throughout history; by this I mean that a lot of times the rich are given some kind of negative image unless they do something great. Granted he gives the people with money credit where it’s due, they still don’t all seem like bad people. Only a select few seem like bad people.

See Padlet for part 2

Now, onto the true part 3. If I had to choose a place for my personal pilgrimage, it would be France. Paris specifically, as my family is French Canadian and my ancestor’s name is on the side of the Eiffel Tower. Last I checked, if your name was there, you were one of the 72 big men of science at the time. From the information I have been able to gather, he was a physicist at the time, which is neat to know because it gives me a hint at what to look for in terms of what area he was an expert in. I want to trace my routes back and find out who I really am, and France, the most notable area in my ancestry, would be the best place to do it, or at least to start it.




MEPHISTOPHELES
Mephistopheles is a servant of Lucifer, the lord of Hell, though his legend states that he is a demon this specific story depicts him as a fallen angel. He is one of the two important characters in the story Doctor Faustus. Although he serves Lucifer, he seems to not enjoy it as he is aware of what he’s missing from Heaven, which is joy, bliss, and peace. Regardless, he acts as a constant tempter for Faustus to join him in Hell and sign his soul away until the end. He is able to perform a few acts that really WOW Faustus, such as taking him to different parts of the globe. By the end, he is insisting that Faustus not sign his soul away, but is met with failure as he does it anyway.



How to be Mephistopheles:
https://snapguide.com/guides/be-mephistopheles-37/#published


There are a few representations of Mephistopheles in different works. The following are a few of these representations, each with their similarities and differences

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We’ll be using these three images for the similarities and differences
Similarities
We’ll start with what all 3 pictures have in common: All three have some kind of demon-esque feature, the second and third having more than the first. They also all have pointed chins, which are something that gives the impression something is off about them. The second and third also have horns. All of these fall under the category of demonic features.
Differences
Now for the differences: unlike the other two images, this one shows Mephistopheles with more human-esque features than demonic features, such as no horns, normal ears, and facial hair. The second image also has angel wings, which the other two lack. These wings represent the fact he is being depicted as a fallen angel, while keeping some of his demonic features to show he is still a denizen of Hell. The third image gives Mephistopheles large horns, emphasizing the fact he is from hell, like the second only to a more extreme approach.

POETRY

I'm a horrible poet

Petrarchen Style

Being alone every day for all their years,
The voices of the world’s people cry out,
They yell, they scream, and they shout,
Yet be they near or far, no one hears.
The loneliest of people shed dread-filled tears,
Tears full of their despair, sorrow, and doubt,
From their eyes the flow, as though from a spout,
And each passing day they suffer from their fears.

But unknown to them, these people are not alone,
Despite their beliefs, someone will come very soon,
Someone who will save them from their despair.
This person knows the pain of suffering on their own,
Yet they’ve marched onward to their very own tune,
And soon they will show them the warmth from care.

Shakespearean Style

All humans come from a place of infinite potential,
A place without order and a place without chaos,
A place where all people are unique, all are special,
And when they are born, they are given a special cross.

The cross is theirs to forever bear,
It is not made of wood, nor stone or steel,
It is made of trials that can seem unfair,
Yet they feel its weight when errors are real.

They live their lives unaware of this burden,
The weight pulls them down, but they trudge on,
Though at times they may feel very uncertain,
They will not give up until the day they are gone.

For they are humanity, and humanity is brave,
And brave they shall be until they reach the grave.


Custom (Wyatt Style)
Life is a something that we either love or hate,
We love it if it’s fair, and we hate it if it’s not,
Yet fairness is an illusion that can make us feel fraught,
And we feel this because fairness is owned by fate.

Love is something that makes us feel great,
Hate is something that makes us feel fraught,
Hate is not found, but it can be taught,
Love is not taught but something we create.

If fate controls all, that who is truly free?
Surely there is one who can actually choose,
One who can do it without suffering abuse?
Maybe it is you, or maybe it is me?

Maybe someday we shall all truly learn,
What it is to have, and what it is to yearn.


TYNDALE

I believe my time on the earth is nearing its end. After years of moving I was betrayed and returned to London under your command, and I believe you know what is to become of me. I hope God and Lord Jesus Christ will direct your heart when the time comes. However, before I pass, I beseech you to kindly have my bible, with its grammar and dictionary, be released for all to read. Until the time in which I go to the grace of Lord Jesus, I will be abiding the will of God.
W. Tyndale

The bible translations shown in the book are helpful in understanding aspects of the bible that would be unreadable if they were in their original language. It’s also nice how his translation acted as a kind of springboard for later translations that would draw inspiration from it. Some of the other translations are confusing, and some of his are confusing, but for the most part his is pretty clear. His translation of “In the beginning God created heaven and earth” from Genesis I is simpler than King James’ “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” The two are similar, with the only differences being that there is “the” in the King James version, but still Tyndale’s version is shorter and more to the point. Not all his entries are like this, such as “For I say unto you, except your righteousness exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven,” it cannot be compared to another translation at the time as there were no other ones until later that made it easier to read. His translation “Give to him that asketh, and from him that would borrow turn not away,” is a little confusing, but reading the other entries makes it a little clearer. In short, his translations were good, however they were slightly confusing. This issue was fixed later with other translations, but they wouldn’t have come about had he not done his as they relied heavily on his own translation.




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