Rhymed, Televised, and Sketched

Rebecca Stull

To The Reader

Dear Reader,

Welcome to “Rhymed, Televised, and Sketched!" This was a project for an English class that required me to illustrate stories Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales through three different forms of art. For my three, I chose to write a ballad, create a crime-scene television show, and draw a montage (hence the name of the flier) of the two stories with the overall theme of mortality. Although at first this project seemed daunting and overwhelming, I actually enjoyed most of my time! Doing this assignment helped me to explore new options of expression, such as writing a ballad or crime-scene; both of which were forms of art that I learned to do. I was hesitant to do either, though, because they were new to me and a challenge during the process, but I feel that I was able to illustrate the poem and TV show effectively and interestingly. In the future I would like to try more forms of art to expand my knowledge and ways of expression. Anyway, hope you can enjoy my work as much as I did!

Sincerely,

Rebecca Stull

Piece #1 Description

For my first piece, I chose to write a ballad that illustrated the monster Grendel's description in Beowulf. The ballad also delineated on the theme of mortality. The stories prove that no one, whether virtuous or evil, can overcome death. In the beginning, Hrothgar’s righteous men are killed. Following this event, the corrupt Grendel and his mother also meet death. Finally, even Beowulf, the man who conquered many foes and relied on God for help, passed away. The stories of Beowulf clearly exemplify the theme of mortality

Piece #2 Description

The second piece that I created was a television series crime scene. The show delineates on the end of Grendel's mortality, which is a theme that is common in most literature. Although Grendel is a powerful and fearsome monster who was supported by the devil, he was still defeated by Beowulf in the end. However, the script comes with an interesting twist that it is not displayed in the original Beowulf.

Piece #3 Description

For my final piece, I created a montage that exemplified the "Pardoner's Tale" in The Canterbury Tales. The picture displays the gold that led to the death of all three men in the "Pardoner's Tale" through a knife and poison. This makes The Canterbury Tales yet another example of mortality, the state of being subject to death, as a theme in literature.
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