This TED Talk by Matthew Winkler details the heroic cycle and shows the repetitive nature of the archetype of the hero. The quizzes, discussion questions, and engaging videos, matched with keen video to document a difficult concept all work together to make this a superior introduction and review tool for the Hero unit.
This video is such an engaging entrance into the Old English, the drama, and the heroism of the text! The opening scene is read in Old English, with descriptive and meaningful subtitles punctuated throughout. All the while, the most modern film version is played in the background, but the most ridiculous parts are left out. All in all, this video provides auditory and visual representations of the differences inherent in this ancient work.
In this text, Rolf H. Bremmer Jr. breaks down the history of Beowulf's heroic archetype in the Old English (Germanic) style. First, the hero must be "larger than life" who must confront terrible choices late in life (76). These ideals would have been meaningful in a culture that was tribal and competitive. Furthermore, Bremmer spends a great deal of time discussing other Anglo-Saxon heroes and discusses the discrepancies between the literature and the anecdotes from real life as seen in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles.
This lesson introduces classical and modern heroes, developing their characteristics, providing examples, and contrasting their characteristics. It provides quick, simplified terminology and visuals that boil down the information to its essentials, all while showing how the archetype has changed.