Till Death Did They Part
By: Lauren Mason
Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People Too?
Dear Diary,Today I witnessed a scene so shocking. I just could not believe what had happened to our king and the fact that he died. I often wonder why bad things happen to good people? I was with the rest of the Geats in the Herot. We were all going to go to sleep. All of a sudden a monster walked in, with his eyes filled with fire. The monster looked like he wanted to destroy everything, and that's what he started to do. He ripped apart one of the Geats that was asleep on the floor, and before he could kill anyone else Beowulf came in. The two started battling right there in front of us. Eventually the king slayed the dragon, but in the process of slaying the dragon injured Beowulf pretty bad. I walked up to Beowulf as he was gasping for air and he told me to go find all of the treasure from the dragon’s home. I did as he said and brought him back as much treasure as my hands could possibly hold. When I came back, the king had gotten worse. He gave me some of his most prized possessions and took his last breath of air. I wonder to myself again why bad things happen to good people. Why did the king have to die? He was the best king I had even known and he was so good to everyone. After Beowulf died, me and the other Geats built a tomb for the king and took really good care of it. We buried his precious items that he gave to me. I will never forget Beowulf and how much of a great king he truly was.
Piece #2-- Ballad
Death Happens Everyday
Once there was an evil dragon
He came out from his home
Searching for the mighty king
Where in the forest he roamed
The mighty king and dragon found each other
They broke out in a robust battle
The dragon breathed fire and scared off the Geats
Everyone but the mighty Beowulf was rattled
The two battled all day and night
Finally one of the two was defeated
One of the Geats came back without fright
He explained how well the king treated
The king felt very grateful for the kind words
He started gasping for air
Then he suffered from his burns
He died laying there without scare
While doing this project, I learned not only how to develope themes throughout the different poems but also how to write different pieces. Before this project I had never really put forth the effort in writing an actual ballad before. For this being the first time I had written a ballad, I believe I did exceptionally well. One thing I could have improved on the ballad would have been the rhyming patterns throughout the poem. I did not think there was a specific challenging part to this project. As long as the student put the effort forward into the pieces, then they should not have had a problem. All the options that we got for the different pieces seemed to be exceptionally easy. One thing I would like to try in the future would have to be a television show script or a dance routine. Those seem to be out of the norm and more exciting! Thank you for reading this and maybe you would consider doing something similar to this project!