Beowulf spoiler alert

Hello!

I have eaten my black eyed peas, watched fireworks from the comfort of the couch, and am now trying to cram as much reading into my days as I can, until I recover fully from bronchitis and have to attend to useful things ūüôā

I’ve never read Hamlet, but I’m about to give it a try (gulp)!¬† I am a good way through 1984, which so far has been very interesting.¬† The main character, Winston, seems so lovable… but I skipped ahead to the end, and… let’s just say I was sort of disillusioned.¬† But I’m going to finish the book anyway, because the ending does deepen the book’s message and Winston’s love story.

 

Yes, I know people all over the world would be furious to hear that I skipped to the end!!! ‘Is nothing sacred?”¬† many of you are probably now demanding.¬† But listen… is skipping to the end of the book disrespecting the author?¬† I skip to the end of books because the characters¬†are so well written they become¬†important to me, like family, and I need to know if they receive an ending worthy of their good (or bad) deeds.¬† A good ending in a book… ah!¬† That’s almost more important than the beginning, don’t you think?¬† And if my characters aren’t going to be given a good ending – not necessarily a happy ending, but a good ending – then why should I keep reading?¬† Why not just imagine a better ending myself?

 

And, I guess I like to skip ahead to the ending because I’m lazy… but give me a break, I already struggle with anxiety!¬† Why make myself be anxious about the ending of a book?

 

Anyway, I also started Beowulf.¬† I had no idea it was going to be the most surprising book of all.¬† I figured I knew the basic plot… hero meets monster, hero kills monster, hero celebrates death of monster… but apparently, I didn’t give the ancient British poets enough credit.¬† Major spoiler alert down below:

 

Beowulf meets Grendel,¬†a bloodthirsty¬†monster who loves to¬†kill people.¬† Beowulf kills Grendel.¬† Beowulf celebrates…

and lo and behold!

GRENDEL’S MOTHER APPEARS!!!

 

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Terrifying, right?¬† I mean, who knew that monster had an angry Mom?¬† It blew my mind, and Kafka’s!¬† (I think that’s Kafka…)

Anyway, I haven’t read the ending yet, but I know Beowulf survives.¬† Still, I was pretty excited to discover that there was more to the story than Beowulf and Grendel’s clash, as epic as that was.¬† And for all of you wondering, no, Beowulf isn’t that hard to read.¬† At least, if you get a translated version.¬† It isn’t very long, and it’s definitely an action story.¬† And I have fun coming up with pronunciations for names like Hygelac, Ecgtheow, and Hrothgar.

 

So join me, and read Beowulf.¬† It’s the charming tale of little Grendel and his doting mother.¬†¬†I guess you could say this book really emphasizes the value of family…

 

 


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