Chapter: English Literature During The Middle Ages
You know, Wiglaf probably could've picked a better time to deliver his awesome speech. As illustrated above, he spends pages just rambling on while his beloved king is being torn apart by a dragon. Sometimes it feels as if he just keeps talking in one long incredibly unbroken sentence, moving from topic to topic, such that no one had the chance to interrupt him; it was really quite hypnotic. If you've never read it before, just take what I had Wiglaf say in the comic and times that by around a hundred.
Alright, a hundred might be a bit much - just times it by fifty.
Ultimately, Wiglaf's speech is inadvertantly hilarious. He spends a ridiculous amount of time expounding upon what wussies his men are and why they should defend Beowulf, only to have the men flee in terror anyway. The entire affair was just a waste of breath. At least Wiglaf gets his revenge - upon Beowulf's death, our verbose hero becomes the new king and promptly banishes the jerks that left him to die. Suckers.
Lit Brick is a comic started by Jodie Troutman in an effort to read the entire Norton Anthology of English Literature. Having eventually succeeded in that goal, it now features comics about all manner of random literature. For more of Jodie's work, visit longtalljodie.com!