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Brit Lit Midterm
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Two-word metaphor name for something
poem or song written in honor of someone who is deceased and laments the death of the individual. It shows sadness for something that is lost
Long narrative poem, usually developed orally, that celebrates the deeds of a legendary or heroic figure. It uses elevated language and shows a clear hero who battles a clear force of evil. It displays national or cultural values.
The language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people in a particular country or region.
A sound break in the middle of a line of poetry that indicates a pause of breath.
Two or more words in a phrase or line of poetry share beginning consonant sound.
The history of passing a story on by word of mouth without writing it down.
When people stick together and take care of the group as a whole
Being loyal to the chieftain or God who is the center of the community.
A big Anglo-Saxon punishment because it separated you from the community
Dangers of Sea and Woods
These places are hard to survive on your own, so you need other people
Treasure and Generosity
They gathered treasure during war, and the king was to distribute it generously
He was in exile and was not allowed in Herot, so he didn't have a community. He attacked the soldiers, but they killed him.
Loyal soldier to Beowulf, who stayed when Beowulf was fighting the dragon
The King of the Geats. He was a great soldier who always showed confidence.
Hrothgar built Herot and the knight stay their. Beowulf took power and killed Grendel. He killed the dragon, but it killed him. Wiglaf stayed with him
Plot points in Beowulf
Focusing on doing virtuous behavior in order to reach salvation in heaven
Word or phrase that is used to describe an aspect of a person or object
A central character in a story, movie, or drama who lacks conventional heroic attributes
A journey towards a particular goal during which the hero expends great energy, time, and effort to overcome obstacles. Hero has a problem or lacks something, is called to go on a journey to find it, hero adventures into a "special world" facing obstacles and enemies, receives help in the "special world," and returns home.
Narrative told as a story or as poetry using elevated language that tells of a chivalric hero going on adventures and receiving supernatural help along the way.
Is often of divine descent endowed with great strength and ability or a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities
A particular kind of metaphor that is used to deliver a big message about social issues
Relationship between a knight and a lady in which the knight is loyal to the lady, inspired by the lady to achieve important or courageous deeds, and represents what selfless love should look like.
Play where churches taught the public about the important Bible stories
Play that showed the public how to live a good Christian life and have a good conduct and character by turning virtues and vices into particular characters
His stories shows the real life of the lower classes. In the Canterbury Tales, he had all classes together and they had to interact.
How does Chaucer realistically show the lofty and the lowly?
He portrays characters as the opposite of what they are supposed to be. Like the friar was supposed to be holy, but his actions where not.
How does Chaucer use Satire to critique Medieval Society?
Her tale starts with the old king and the friars were bad. A knight was caught raping a girl and the king said to decapitate him. The Queen suggested that he can live if he finds out what women want most. Women give him many different answers. A fairy/ old women told hi he would give the answer if e did one thing for her. The answer was that women want to make decisions and have power in marriages like men do. Then the women made him marry her, but the knight thought she was ugly. She said she could be ugly and loyal, or beautiful and disloyal. He let her choose and she became both.
Plot points in the Wife of Bath
Revival in art and learning, especially influenced from the Greeks and Romans, that lasted from 1300 to 1600 that spread from Italy to Northern Europe
A trend of focusing on human potential and human achievements
Accurate, detailed, and rough depiction of life, oftentimes the life of common people
Sonnet that has a turn between the first 8 lines and the last 6;uses abba abba cdecde
Also known as the English Sonnet; uses abab cdcd efef gg
Revival of a classics style of writing; copied Greeks and Romans writing and made it new
Works are marked by philosophical exploration, colloquial diction, ingenious conceits, irony, and metrically flexible lines; Topics include love, religion, and morality; They write about normal life realistically
When you say two opposite phrases are equal to each other; normally a noun and another noun
When you place two contradictory words next to each other; normally an adjective and then a noun
A figure of speech in which two vastly different objects or concepts are likened together with the help of similes and metaphors
Novel of manners
Genre of writing that works to solve problems, usually small social issues
The use if humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices; takes on big social issues and organizations(church and critique)
An imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect
Characters build wholistically over time(spiritually, physically, intellectually)
People having the ability to understand logic and reason
It is what comes from reason because people like things to make sense
Humans are meant to be good; Universal truths could be found through observation
Seeking to solve social and political problems that may have been overlooked
The world will be improved upon and perfected through science and technology
It increased knowledge, learning, literacy, and connectivity; democratization of Liturature; increase in social change and empowerment; increased misinformation and gullibility
The impact of the Printing Press
Emphasis on fantastic and unexplainable over the rational
Feelings, emotions, and instinct of characters, authors, and people in general, to understand quickly
Belief that it is possible to improve the world and that the spirit, mind, or abstract ideas can change or impact the world
Sees the artist, writer, or musician as an "inspired creature" and less of a "technical master" who writes or creates spontaneously and in the moment rather than carefully noting every detail
Emphasis on the uniqueness and value of the individual human beings; Celebrate the human individual and their accomplishments
Dark, Handsome appearance; brilliant and self-destructive; wandering, searching behavior; haunted by secret sin or crime, sometimes hints forbidden love; modern culture hero
People were expected to act a certain was, like women had to take care of the house and men did the labor
People were skeptical of the advances in science and how it would effect society
Mixed feelings regarding technology, industrialization, and urbanization
Praise of the Domestic life
Everything was centered around the traditional family. Women trained the kids and took care of the house.
Loves the power of science and wants to control it. He takes it too far and creates a monster that he lets run free
She is Victors sister and wife. She was given control of the family and didnt have time to mourn
Victors mother who passed away and victor wanted to control life. She told Victor to marry Elizabeth and gave her control of the family.
Victor's friend who likes to study, but wasn't allowed to at first
What Victor created, but didn't love. He killed William and framed Justine when the family he watched ran away from him. Wants Victor to make him a companion.
The narrators can be unreliable because they are each saying how they saw the story with emotions. It is a story within another story within a story
Victor was loved by his parents and falls in love with science. When his parents die, he marries Elizabeth, who takes care of the family. He goes to study in Ingulstad, but creates a monster. The monster escapes, so he goes home. His brother has been killed by the monster and Justine is accused. Victor is upset so he goes to the woods an the monster finds him. The monster tells his story and tells Victor to make him a companion, or else he will continue to terrorize society.
Major plot points in Frankenstein
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