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Sigurd, The Dragon Slayer

Presentation of the Nordic saga, Sigurd, The Dragon Slayer.
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Nicholas Graca

on 21 May 2013

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Transcript of Sigurd, The Dragon Slayer

retold by Olivia E. Coolidge Theme: Storyline: Figurative Language: Fafnir himself is a symbol. As a greedy dwarf who transformed into a twisted serpent through the ages he
spent in his lair, Fafnir symbolizes how greed can make you into a monstrous beast. The story actually has two themes that I can identify.
One is, as previously mentioned, greed can make you into a disgusting, perverse being. The other is that you must be wary of those close to you, for their motives may not be what they seem. When Sigurd is born, the dwarf Regin waits and plots how to use Sigurd's inhuman abilities to defeat Fafnir, Regin's former brother who was twisted into a ferocious dragon by his greed. After Sigurd's training, and Regin forges the sword Gram for Sigurd's use, the duo sets out to slay Fafnir. After Fafnir is killed, Regin asks Sigurd to roast the heart of the beast. After spitting the Fafnir's heart, Sigurd licks some of the melted fat. Suddenly, the birds start talking, revealing to Sigurd that the heart gives the consumer all of Fafnir's wisdom and strength. It is also revealed that Regin plans to kill Sigurd. When Regin wakes from his slumber, a battle ensues with Sigurd as victor, and Sigurd laughs at the irony of two brothers who hated eachother dead at eachother's side. Figurative Language Example 1: "his scales are as tough as steel" is a simile describing Fafnir's scaly hide.
Figurative Language Example 2: Another example is when the birds being to talk. This is personification.
Figurative Language Example 3: Another example of personification is when Regin's dagger "whistles" savegely through the air. Sigurd, The Dragon Slayer The reason for the title is that the story revolves around a young man named Sigurd and his quest to slay Fafnir, a malevolent dragon. Major Symbol: Point of View: The story is told from the viewpoint of an unseen Narrator, in third-person limited, for he does not reveal the thoughts of every character, but simply describes their actions and dialogue. Mood: The two moods presented in the story are victory and distrust. These are created by describing Sigurd's dominant emotions and the dark words of the birds, telling Sigurd that Regin is not all he seems.
The desriptive type of writing makes the moods easy to identify and feel.
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