Friends to the End

A comparison of friendships formed in literature

Dear Reader

The following three pieces are to show the companionship between characters in Beowulf, and the companionship between the characters in The Canterbury Tales. I have completed the following projects in accordance with the guidelines set forth in my College Preparatory English class. I created one drawing, wrote one ballad, and reported one news story all encompassing the theme of friendship. Throughout this process I have learned time management skills. It was very challenging to try and complete all of the assignments with every other activity I had going on, and I learned how to manage my time in order to complete all three projects. I believe that I wrote my ballad well. My ballad was creative, and I think that writing it to the tune of a Will Smith rap helped me a lot. In the future I would set more time aside for these projects. I ran out of time because of the other activities I am involved in and because I was not in class for close to a week. I hope you enjoy viewing my work as much as I enjoyed reading these classic pieces of literature. Live long and read often.

Abigail Clark

Artist, Poet, Journalist

A Friend in Need

In this picture I show Beowulf loosing a battle to a dragon. Wiglaf, Beowulf's friend, is running to help in the fight. This shows that true friendship means helping even in a bad situation. Although the dragon was dangerous, Wiglaf wanted to protect his friend.
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"This is the Story all About How Beowulf and Wiglaf Became Friends"

This is my ballad that I based off of a rap by Will Smith. I summarize main points of the Beowulf stories and incorporate how Wiglaf stood up for Beowulf as his friend.

This is a story all about how

Wiglaf’s life got turned upside down

I’d like to take a minute just right there

And I’ll tell you how Wiglaf became the King of the Danes

In Sweden born and raised
On the battleground was where he spent most of his days
Chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool
And slaying some creatures -- he thought that’d be cool

When dude named Grendel was up to no good
Started making trouble in his neighborhood
His companion Beowulf got in one little fight Grendel’s mom got scared
She said I’ll take you down if you meet me in my lair

Beowulf went to the fiery lake that very day
Beowulf didn’t let his useless sword get in his way
Grendel’s mom thought she could kill Beowulf dead

But he ended up ripping off her head

The Danes thought yo, this is bad

But the Geats said, come on don’t be sad

If you trust in Beowulf then you will see

You have no reason to want to flee

50 years later this is what went down

The dragon thought he could make Beowulf look like a clown

Beowulf was too prideful to say he’d had enough

But Wiglaf was there just to back him up

The dragon had struck some mighty blows
Beowulf’s buddies said oh here we go (and left)

Wiglaf sticks around just to help him out

That’s what true friendship is all about

Long story short the dragon dies

Beowulf didn’t let this perfect time go by

He gave Wiglaf a charm

Even though he had been harmed

Beowulf passes away

But even to this very day

His true friends honor his life

Hopefully there won’t be any more strife

Wiglaf looked at his kingdom

He was finally there

To sit on my throne as the King of the Danes

Newsflash: A Friendship Forms

In this new article I report how a large group of friends form in The Canterbury Tales. This report explains the start of this story and the companionship between the characters.

BREAKING NEWS -- At the Tabard Inn, a tavern in Southwark, near London, “the narrator” has joined twenty-nine pilgrims. These pilgrims, like “the narrator”, are traveling to the shrine of the martyr Saint Thomas Becket in Canterbury. “The host”, Harry Bailey, commanded that “each pilgrim will share a tale if they want to continue along the journey”. He decided that each pilgrim will tell two stories on the way to Canterbury and two on the way back. A source close to Bailey stated that “Bailey has offered a meal at his tavern for the pilgrim with the most interesting story”. There will be more to follow on what the public is calling The Canterbury Tales.