Unformatted text preview: The Supernatural Hero of the Geats Hana Naveed Hana 9/22/10 AP Language and Composition Beowulf Essay Beowulf, an epic narrative poem written by an Anglo-Saxon around 700 A.D., begins with King Hrothgar’s celebration in the Herot mead-hall. Sensing the commotion caused by the with king’s subjects, Grendel, the ferocious, bloodthirsty monster awakens. Throughout the text, king’s many distinguishable factors of an epic poem are shown. Some qualities are that it requires a many dignified theme, organic unity, orderly process of action, heroic figures, and supernatural forces. dignified The powerful description and imagery makes it possible for readers to picture the character and The events in their minds; the three devices, metaphor, hyperbole, and alliteration, together create the events epic poem, turning Beowulf into a god-like hero. epic A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily means one thing is applied to another to suggest the likeness between the two. Metaphors are used often thing throughout the poem to paint a colorful picture in the reader’s mind. These metaphors are used in throughout phrases called kennings. A kenning is a descriptive phrase or compound word that substitutes for phrases a noun. Some kennings that refer to Beowulf are: “Prince of Wedgers”, “The Son of Edgetho”, noun. and “The Geatish hero.” The purpose of using kennings is to describe Beowulf in an interesting and manner, rather than continuously repeating his name over and over again. Without the use of manner, kennings, the poem would have been repetitive and the leader would learn less about Beowulf, kennings, considering that kennings are descriptive phrases. A figure of speech that is an intentional exaggeration for emphasis or comic effect is figure called a hyperbole. Hyperboles are usually used for emphasis or humorous effect. With a called hyperbole, an author makes a point by overstating it. For instance, a hyperbole used to persuade hyperbole, the reader how great our hero is: “Over all the world, or between the seas, / or under the heaven, the no hero was greater.” (lines 671-672) This amazes the readers with Beowulf’s bravery. His no bravery is also exaggerated, later on in the poem, when he jumps in the swamp wearing heavy bravery armor ready to fight and kill Grendel’s mother. It would be unlikely, for even a strong warrior, to armor win a battle with a monster living in an underwater cave in addition to a broken sword. “The head of Grendel, with a heavy toil;/ Four of the stoutest, with all their strength, / “The Could hardly carry on swaying spear/ Grendel’s head to the gold-decked hall” Lines 1109Could 1112), Here, exaggerations are made towards the size and weight of Grendel’s head. Again, the hyperbole’s purpose is to portray a more gruesome and dramatic scene to the reader’s hyperbole’s imagination. Another example is that it is hard to believe that Beowulf could handle killing imagination. Grendel with his sole bare hands. This makes the story more appealing to readers, and makes Grendel them yearn for more. them Alliteration, which is repeating the same sound, usually a consonant, at the beginning of words or in accented syllables, gives the poem a more rhythmical sound. The various examples words of alliteration found within the text of Beowulf are as follows: “The Hall of the Heart”, “Showed of sea-cliffs shining”, and “Dragging the dead men home to his den.” This device adds creativity sea-cliffs and rhythm to the poem, constructing it to be more entertaining. and Imagery is a figure of speech that helps the mind to create an illustration. One of the best examples of imagery found throughout the poem was: “The demon delayed not, but quickly clutched/ a sleeping theme in his swift assault. / “The Tore him in pieces, bit through the bones, / Gulped the blood, and gobbled the flesh, / Greedily Tore gorged on the lifeless corpse.” (Lines 558-563) gorged The poet describes the excruciating details of the way Grendel murdered one of the soldiers before the battle with Beowulf. Numerous lines of description were used to show Grendel’s before swamp home: swamp “A dismal covert / Of trees that hung over hoary stone, / Over churning water and bloodstained wave.” (Lines 926-928), “The water boiled in bloody swirling” (line 933), “The bloodstained swimming forms of sea-dragons, / Din serpent shapes in the watery depths.” swimming In conclusion, metaphors in kennings, hyperboles, and alliteration all contribute in developing vivid descriptions and imagery to entertain and tell the story of Beowulf in a poetic Beowulf format. Through his many feats and accomplishments mentioned, including his superhuman format. abilities, one can infer that Beowulf was indeed a god-like hero of his time. Beowulf might seem Beowulf a bit lengthy, but once a reader actually takes time savoring the graphic description, clever bit alliteration, vivid imagery, and fantastic hyperboles, he will understand just how the Old English alliteration, epic narrative lasted throughout the years. epic ...
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