Writing

Evolution of Beowulf

From the original Beowulf book to the PDF, and finally to the 2008 CGI Beowulf movie, there are enormous differences that are fairly easy to pinpoint.  With all of these differences in mind, it is easy to see a stark evolution of the story of Beowulf.

In the 24 page PDF, we are told of a simple story of a great warrior named Beowulf.  He arrives in Dane’s land attempting to test his skills against the terrible Grendel who has been reigning terror over the Danes for 12 long years.  The story follows a simple storyline with not a lot of plot twists to interfere with Beowulf’s journey.  He kills Grendel and defeats his mother after she is anguished from the loss of her son.  After being King of the Geats for 50 years, he fights another dragon and succumbs to his wounds after defeating the monster with the help of a young man named Wiglaf.  Pretty simple right?

It’s not until after you read the PDF and watch the movie that you realize quite how many differences there are between the two versions.  In context, if the movie had been exactly like the book, it would be incredibly boring, so in order to add intrigue to the story, the movie changes basically everything around.

At the beginning of the movie, a golden dragon horn is introduced.  We are also introduced to Hrothgar (who is not at all as honorable as the PDF makes him out to be) and his wife, who isn’t in the PDF at all.  It is set up with some clear differences already such as the fact that the entire mead hall is drunk, rather than just praying, and lots of mischievous things are happening all the time.  As the story follows, Grendel attacks (not while the people are sleeping like in the PDF but during the drunken roar of the party in the mead hall) and continues to attack for quite some time after that fateful night.  Beowulf is then introduced along with Wiglaf who is already mighty good friends with Beowulf, and their journey begins.  

After Beowulf fights and defeats Grendel, they realize they have a bigger problem on their hands. Grendel’s Mother (portrayed, not a monster, but a gorgeous Angelina Jolie) is again anguished by the loss of her son and attacks Beowulf’s men in their sleep.  Beowulf goes to defeat her but soon realizes that he’s dealing with Angelina Jolie, and of course, you’re just not going to kill Angelina.  So instead, he makes a deal with her.  He leaves the dragon horn thingy with her, and in return, he becomes king of the land with all the treasure he needs.

The audience soon finds out after this that Hrothgar is Grendel’s father (they just so happily “forgot” to mention in the PDF) and after being relieved of his worry and misery of Angelina Jolie’s torture, and Grendel’s insufferable daddy issues, promptly throws himself out the window and leaves his entire fortune and throne to Beowulf (as well as Hrothgar’s wife that Beowulf happens to be mystified by).  

Again, 50 years pass, and instead of being king of the geats for all that time, Beowulf has been king of the Danes.  A dragon does return to terrorize the land, but unlike in the PDF, the dragon is Beowulf’s son, kin of both Angelina and Beowulf.  PLOT TWIST!  

Beowulf kills his son, with not much help from Wiglaf, and goes through many gruesome trials (such as cutting ligaments from his arm so he can reach into the throat of his son and tear out his heart).  Soon thereafter, Beowulf dies and leaves his fortune to Wiglaf, who then see’s Angelina floating in the water, which the audience assumes that the cycle of royalty/dragon horn/monster children is continued.

While the plot is incredibly different in both stories, both are fitting towards the purpose they contain.  The PDF was mainly an oral tale, passed down until finally it was written down, and the movie is, of course, the Hollywood version of it.  Neither are bad, but they are in fact incredibly different.

 

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Kicking off Fundraising for The World Race!

What a week to be thankful! Within just these past few days I was officially accepted to both Georgia College and World Race. What this entails is that while I have officially been accepted to college, I won’t be attending next year, but the year after.  Instead, next September I’ll be leaving with World Race to travel to 4 different countries (Thailand, Malaysia, Ecuador, and Costa Rica) for 9 months to do Mission Work such as construction, building relationships with orphans, praying for the sick as well as just being apart of a community who intends to do the same.
However, while all this sounds great and exciting, I will not be able to go without fundraising the money first. The total funds would add up to a grand spankin’ total of $15,800. This is a whole lot of money (obviously), but without it, I will not be able to attend The World Race. I’ve been told of the absolute necessity to have those close to me help if they feel the need to. It is absolutely fine if you are not able to, but if anyone has any ideas, recommendations or anything at all that would help me fundraise this money, all are welcome. I will also need as many donations as possible, so if your feeling generous, donate to my ministry! You can do this several ways… Through my blog, there is a button that says “Donate”, and from you can either do a one-time or monthly donation. If you’re not as tech-savvy, you can speak to me about sending checks, as well as few more separate ways to donate. If you can’t donate, but would still like to be apart of my cause, keep me in mind as a prayer request! I’m gonna need all the support I can get these next few months.

IMG_6464In the meantime, I’m planning on collecting any spare change anyone has to offer. This week, my lovely Aunt Leslie donated a whopping $227.25 in change which officially has kicked off my fundraising! If anyone would like to speak with me about keeping a mason jar for spare change in their home, I would appreciate it so much!
I am so grateful to all my friends and family who have been so incredibly supportive of my mission. Thank you so much for reading! (I know that was a mouthful) and I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving!

God Bless,

Amy Horstman

Reading · Writing

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is an award winning writer who wrote many best-selling novels such as The Fifth Mountain, The Alchemist, and Eleven Minutes.  He was born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in 1947 and later on left for Spain to write his first novel The Pilgrimage.  He had a rough upbringing due to his parents strict rules and his rebelliousness towards them.  Being raised in Rio, his parents thought it wrong for young Paulo to become a writer, which he so desired to do, and for his rebelliousness, they institutionalized him 3 separate times.  In my opinion, these events seem to be key turning points in Coelho’s life that would have brought him closer to his desire for freedom, adventures, dreams and goals.  They would also help motivate him towards writing The Alchemist, which is heavily focused on Dreams and goals in general.

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Semantics · Writing

Scaffolding

Speech

In regards to Eaton FPC Mission Trip to Blue Knob, PA 2017

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight. 

On this Mission Trip, we focused on 4 important names of God. Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.  Individually, each of these names are outstanding characteristics that make up our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and with these traits, we build and break and remodel ourselves. We scaffold.  Constantly life can break us or build us.  Constantly we run into hardships but also find our greatest hopes in life. This week was our full of week of scaffolding.  We sweat bullets, wore down our bodies, scraped our skin (particularly by an evil bench) and bruised our veins.  But from all of this hard work, we witnessed God and he did truly straighten our path. Through our friends and strangers, we felt him and used the strength he gave us to help others and carry on our progress to a better cause.  Personally, this week is single handily the best week I have yet to experience.  At the very beginning I knew only a small handful of people …and by the end of the week, I was laughing with my new family. I’ve never experienced a community this close… I’ve never experienced such hard working friends who will fight to love and care and make this world a better place to live in.  I was meant to be here this week and experience God in this light. I can quite honestly say that this is the one time I have truly felt at home and with God.  This is Scaffolding.  You, me, God.  Scaffolding will never disappear. We’ll see it throughout our lives and through others because we will never stop working on ourselves…. Just like our Wonderful Counselor who guides us, Our Prince Of Peace who calms us, Our Everlasting Father who loves us, Our Mighty God who will never stop working with us as well.  Thank you all for this experience you’ve given me, thank you for helping me find God in such a beautiful light and thank you for helping me find a family.

 

 

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Annotated Bibliography

 

Keesey, Douglas. “Tracing the Postmodern Sublime.” Papers on Language & Literature,

vol. 42, no. 2, Spring2006, pp. 220-223. EBSCOhost, proxygsu-sful.galileo.usg.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN=20949405&site=lrc-live.

“Tracing the Postmodern Sublime” is a review on the works of Samuel Coale.  His book, Paradigms of Paranoia, is his take on society’s obsession with conspiracies, information overload, and mistrust with our government.  None of these obsessions are of lunacy, but of actual witnessing corruption the national government has to offer.  What Coale in his book, and Keesey in his review are explaining is that through modern texts such as The Matrix and The Divinci Code we can track where our everyday paranoia lies.

What do these events mean to the average people: September 11th, the Watergate Scandal, the Iran-Contra Affair.  What might come to mind is Terrorism, Fear, Corruption, and those wouldn’t be wrong conclusions.  There’s a lot the average day person can bring to mind when thinking of an apocalypse, and these few things would be first.  From this piece of writing can come many bindings to why people are so afraid, especially of the government, and that’s important to understand before delving into where you can find these expressions of fear.

 

Brooker, Charlie. “Black Mirror.” Black Mirror. Netflix. 4 Dec. 2011. Television.

The hit Netflix show Black Mirror is centered around dark and twisted themes that examine modern society and the unanticipated consequences with the advancement of new technology.  Each episode features a different plot that covers what could happen in a slight turn of events, much like The Twilight Zone. It characterizes the fears we have about a technological apocalypse and uses those in many different ways to convey the dangers of having modern life revolve around technology.

This series perfectly articulates why we are still in the postmodern literary era.  Literature such as “The Veldt” (1950) and “There Will Come Soft Rains” (1950), both short stories by Ray Bradbury, and Catch-22 (1961) by Joseph Heller show that Black Mirror has been created in a mirror image of these decades old novels. .  This show tells us that postmodern literature can make that switch from novels to actual television.

Collins, Suzanne.The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic, 2008. Print.

Everyone knows of The Hunger Games, a trilogy about a young girl named Katniss living in District 12 in a post apocalyptic era.  These books have been made into 4 hit seller movies and have won more than 50 awards.  The plot is as follows, When Katniss Everdeen’s sister Primrose is chosen be apart of the feared Hunger Games, a dark game where 24 kids from the ages of 12-18 from all 12 districts are picked to fight to the death, Katniss volunteers to take her place.   The series follows Katniss from the volunteering, to her victory in the games, all the way to her battle with taking down the twisted Capital, who placed the kids in the games from the beginning.  

From these facts we can again conclude that this series is yet another example of how we still exist in the postmodern era.  The paranoia of our government and the apocalyptic themes characterize yet another novel to add to the library.  Technology can cause so much wonder and amazement, yet it lies on very fine line of fear and paranoia.  The technology in The Hunger Games shows a stark contrast from the districts and the capital.  The capital remains in power, much like modern day government, and it is abuzz with all types of technology.  The districts however, are poor and remain with little to no power.  The capital uses technology and power to create a hold of fear in the districts by creating these “games” that the children must participate in, which are surrounded by technological advances in the future, such as the use of hybrids and a fake environment for the children to play survival in.