Objective: Beowulf represents the archetypal hero. He is a man who does good deeds simply because it's the right thing to do. He is not necessarily looking for fame and glory. Instead, he seems to slay monsters because it is in his nature. The objective of this lesson is to explore the idea of an archetypal hero and examine how Beowulf fits into that role.
1. Define "Archetype": Ask the class to define the term "archetype." Write ideas on the board as they are offered. Have a student read the dictionary definition of the word. Offer clarification as necessary.
2. Brainstorming: Ask the class to list the characteristics of an archetypal hero. Write each characteristic on the board as it is offered. Next, as a class, place a check mark next to each of the characteristics Beowulf possesses. Does he meet the definition of an archetypal hero? Why or...
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