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Literary Elements of Beowulf

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Ainsley Nelson

on 10 December 2012

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Literary Elements
of Beowulf Major Themes Literary Elements A conventional poetic phrase used for or in addition to the usual name of a person or thing, especially in Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon verse, as "a wave-traveler" for "a boat". Good vs. Evil Examples: she-wolf (p. 38) The Importance of Power All through the story, Beowulf's battles seem
less focused on helping others than self-glorification. This is shown in his final battle when Wiglaf encourages him by telling Beowulf to fight for his fame. The monk writing the story incorporates religious themes, like the idea of good vs. evil. Beowulf is depicted as the perfect, God-sent hero, while the monsters are representative of the Devil's work. In every battle, good triumphs, either because Beowulf succeeds, evil fails, or a combination of the two. Format Epic: Examples: A long, narrative poem that relates the great deeds of a larger-than-life hero who embodies the values of a particular society. The layout of is an introductory prologue followed by 43 cantos, which are similar to chapters. Beowulf Alliteration: Kenning: Repetition of consonant sounds. The Hero All the characters in this story see Beowulf as an invincible warrior, even Beowulf, himself! He is capable of tearing fearsome monsters apart with his bare hands, lift a sword that was "so massive that no ordinary man could lift it," and kill nine sea serpents while participating in a swimming contest. The Setting Pride Resulting in Self-Destruction Although Beowulf seems invincible, he ends up dying in his quest to slay the dragon. Even though he is probably too old to be fighting dragons, he still tries for the sake of protecting his own selfish pride.He isn't focused on the welfare of his people, but on making his name live on. ring-woven (p. 38) wolf-dens (p. 37) sin-stained (p. 34) treasure-full (p. 28) whale-road (p. 26) ring-giver (p. 44) battle-sharp (p. 46) is set in what is now known as Denmark around 500 CE, but was written 200 years later. hi ainsley :) THE END :D ...high as wise and willing hands... (p. 50) ...huge heap of wood... (p. 48) ...lamenting their lord... (p. 49) ...slaves of soldiers... crowds of captives... (p. 26) ...comrades and kinsmen swore by his sword... (p. 27) ...darkness had dropped... (p. 29) ...sprawled in sleep, suspecting nothing... (p. 29) ...heaped at his door by hell-forged hands... (p. 30) ...body to bits... (p. 33) Beowulf
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