Monsters, Monsters, & More Monsters

Erin Campbell

The theme of my project is "Monsters"

Multigenre Piece #1

My first multigenre piece is a ballad. The poem Beowulf is about the warrior Beowulf and how he defeats Grendel, a monster who has been terrorizing the kingdom and killing some of the villagers. No soldier has been able to defend the kingdom from Grendel, so Beowulf comes to the island and takes on the giant himself. Throughout the story, Beowulf battle Grendel and Grendel's mother and eventually defeats them both. The ballad I wrote discusses the first battle between Beowulf and Grendel, and that is how y ballad connects to my theme of "monsters."
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Multigenre Piece #2

For my second multigenre piece, I wrote a letter to Wiglaf from the rest of his army. During Beowulf's last battle with Grendel and Grendel's mother, Beowulf is injured and can no longer fight the monsters on his own. All of the soldiers run into the forest when the see that Beowulf might just be defeated, all of the soldiers except for Wiglaf. Wiglaf steps up and helps Beowulf defeat the two giants. This letter connects to my theme of "monsters" because it discusses the army's sorry feelings after Wiglaf helps Beowulf defeat Grendel and Grendel's mother, the two monster's in the poem Beowulf.
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Multigenre Piece #3

This is a picture that I drew of the Pardoner holding a mask to represent how he is "two-faced" in the story The Pardoner's Tales. This piece relates back to my theme of "monsters" because in this story, the Pardoner is a monster. Many people believe he is a genuine, honest, religious man, and they listen to what he says. Behind his "mask" he is a greedy, deceitful person who is really good at manipulating people.
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"Dear Reader" Reflection Letter

When deciding on a theme for my multigenre project, I wanted to find something that both stories had in common. The theme that jumped out at me was "monsters." Monsters played a large role in both poems, wether they were actual beasts or not. One thing that I learned from reading Beowulf and Canterbury Tales was how to read and understand poems. Reading and understanding the poems was probably the most challenging part of this project, especially since we have never really learned how to read poems. One thing that I think I did well for this project was putting together my multigenre pieces. I was able to be creative and connect my pieces to my theme. I liked the way this project was set up, so I don't necessarily think I would change anything with this project or try anything different in the future.