Before Reading Beowulf
I have to read this for my AP Lit summer homework and I really don’t want to read it. It’s just not something I can enjoy. Ugh!
After Reading Beowulf
I expected to hate this book, and I was right. It was a totally MISERABLE read. I could not wait to be finished with it. I dreaded starting this book and if it wasn’t required reading for my AP Lit class, I would have DNF’d it right away.
“No female, no matter how fierce, could have come with a man’s strength, fought with the power and courage men fight with…” (Lines 1282-1284)
First, I get that it’s old. Really, really old. So old there’s no known author, but I was so frustrated with the way women were treated and spoken of. I get that that’s how things were, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be upset by it. And I was. And, in all honestly, Grendel’s mother was pretty fierce and despite her being the bad guy, I liked her more than Beowulf.
“And how great a sin for a women, whether fair or black, to create fear and destruction, for a women, who should walk in the ways of peace…” (Lines 1940-1944)
Of course, I totally hated Beowulf. All he wanted was fame, and I just wasn’t down with that. And come on, did they really have to go on and on and on about how heroic he is? I got it the first time, thanks.
I may not have appreciated the book the way others do, and I don’t care. I just do not like this book. I don’t care what historic value it has or how important it is to literature. Not.my.type.of.book. Not something I would ever enjoy.
Unfortunately, I have to study and prepare to be tested in on it next month. Yikes. (This is probably the angstiest and most ranty book review I’ve ever written.)