My notes from class over Beowulf.

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These are my notes from my British Lit to the 1780's class. These are notes from Beowulf lines 57-704. I don't have specific lines for these note things I wrote down so you will have to go through the poem yourself and see if it matches. We did skip bits and pieces so there might be a whole part with nothing included from me. These analysis notes are straight from the professor's mouth. My written notes are a bunch of bullets with writing next to them so I am sorry for any confusion you may have. I figured since it is a widely covered poem that this might help someone, somewhere.

*Hrothgar- King of the Danes

*Is he a good ruler?

*His traits

*No hesitation in deciding best action for people

*Not selfish

*His confidence is from loyalty freely given from people

*By avoiding hesitation-lessens risk

*Sets good example for his people

*The people who know him closest respect his traits fully

*His skill as a leader is genuine, sincere and profound

*Increase in army goes to king's goodness

*Has leadership that inspires youth and teaches how to act properly in war

*Line 60

*The mead hall function as a place for the community to prosper

*Community is essential to ensure the production of enough food, supplies, and manual labor for houses as well as protection against any type of foe.

*What is community and why is it important?

*Mead hall attests to the ingenuity of intellectual achievements of people

*Creates a stable community

*He relies on the different talents and abilities of his people

*There is no discrimination in Hrothgar's kingdom

*Know name of mead hall in line...