Alliteration, Imagery, and Kenning in Beowulf In the Anglo-Saxon poem “Beowulf”, the author’s used multiple different literary devices, three in particularly stuck out throughout the entire story, being alliteration, kenning, and imagery; the literary devices were used to connect the story, and help the reader understand the life of Beowulf, and emphasize the parts that were not clear throughout the story. The author uses literary devices throughout the story of “Beowulf” to emphasize on Beowulf’s heroism, and to connect Beowulf to the epic poem. The use of alliteration is used to create a voice that only the readers will understand from reading throughout the story, an example following the idea of alliteration would be “Whichever one death fells must deem it a just judgement by God” (lines 400-441). Alliteration is to be described as a repetition of similar consonant sounds. Another example of alliteration in “Beowulf” would be on lines 446-447, “He will carry me away as he goes to ground, gorged and bloodied” (446-447).
Literary devices are used to bridge the gaps and fill in the cracks for me where simple words do not suffice in some stories. I find myself constantly searching stories for and identifying different types of literary devices. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, three uses of literary devices were demonstrated and used consistently. These literary devices are: repetition, imagery and flashbacks. This literary narrative is centered on an epic journey that utilizes literary devices to enhance the complexity and understanding in the story.
Imagery is an indispensable literal device in literary world. A lot of poems or novels use imagery to describe a vivid image. It is figurative language which is the description about five sense: touch, hear, smell, taste, and touch. It can also contain some emotion or movement. Two tales: the Wife of Bath’s Tale and the Pardoner’s Tale are both written by Geoffrey Chaucer, who is a poet in medieval society.
Within Homer’s epic poem The Iliad, a plethora of formal literary features are prevalent throughout. Features such as characterization, imagery, and dialogue all have a variety of impacts on the content of The Iliad, but none as much as foreshadowing. Foreshadowing occurs frequently throughout the poem, with several noteworthy events having been alluded to prior to their occurrence. Foreshadowing in The Iliad plays many roles, with its most significant being its allusion to fate. Fate plays a profound role in Homer’s epic and is one of its central themes.
Unlike the Germanic tribes that roamed the earth above him, Grendel lived with the sole purpose of “opposing the Lord’s Will, and again and again defeated.” Meanwhile, as he was born human, the heroic character Beowulf was considered to be a descendant of the Lord. He was also a firm follower of God, always believing in His mysterious ways. Beowulf’s devotion and fate to the Lord above was especially evident when he believed that God was the one who showed him the sword made by the Giants, which he used to defeat Grendel’s mother. The portrayal of someone who constantly defied the will of God by the alienated character Grendel and the embodiment of the heroic character Beowulf as someone who greatly admired the Lord show the value of practicing religion in the Anglo-Saxon
Achilles now has nothing to do but choose his own fate, and fight brutally until he either leaves the battle and achieves nostos, or kills Hector and achieves kleos, while also sealing his own fate to die in the war. However, the ominous threat of his own death does not prevent Achilles from fighting valiantly. He slaughters rapidly and brutally, carving a clear path through the Trojans to Troy and to his own kleos. His incredible aristeia is fueled by a total, overwhelming desire to “meet...that Hector who destroyed the dearest life [he knew]” and kill him in battle (18.135-136). Despite his full awareness that killing Hector will destroy any
Symbols, as we look around we will find that there are many symbolic things that are around us, but what is symbolism though? Symbolism is the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. In the Scarlet Letter the author Hawthorne uses a great deal of symbolism, from Pearls name, to the letter A, light, darkness, weeds, and roses. All these ideas go much deeper than the plain surface. Throughout this novel these examples of symbolism will be discussed to a deeper meaning to understand what they really stand for.
“My lord Higlac/Might think less of me if I let my sword/Go where my feet are afraid to, if I hid/Behind some broad linden shield: my hands/Alone shall fight for me, struggle for life/Against the monster”. As he says these words, I am seeing him fight without his shield to show lord Higlac that he is not less of a
Though innocent of the thievery, Beowulf must defend his people and his kingdom. This third encounter is high tragedy, for Beowulf is no longer a naive adolescent, confident in the power of his arms, but an old man who knows this battle will be his last. During this final battle is left with only one person to stand by him as every other warrior has fled. With the help of this lone warrior Beowulf is able to defeat the dragon, but not before being mortally
4th period “You don’t deserve a point of view if the only thing you see is you” (Unknown). In the lord of flies by William Golding, Jack turns evil and is not himself. A former choirmaster and “head boy” at his school, he arrived on the island having experienced some success in exerting control over others by dominating the choir with his militaristic attitude. His main interest is hunting, an endeavor that begins with the desire for meat and builds to the overwhelming urge to master and kill other living creatures. One character trait that jack shows throughout the story is selfishness.
The monster declares that he desires “creatures…cheering my gloom”; however, no “Eve soothed my sorrows” (118, Shelley). Because of this abandonment, the monster “cursed [Frankenstein]” (118, Shelley). No mother or Eve is present to nurture the monster. Therefore, he faults his creator for his isolation and plans to seek vengeance against Frankenstein, sending a message to the reader concerning the violent repercussions from an absence of nurture. Similarly, after the De Laceys beat the monster, he feels there are “none…men that existed who would pity or assist” him, causing him to “declare everlasting war against the species” (122, Shelley).
In the epic Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney, Beowulf is depicted as a heroic figure who fights monsters and defends the weak. During its time, Beowulf would be considered a great hero, however in today 's standards Beowulf would only be considered a great warrior. That’s because a hero should value the lives of the people and not seek to be rewarded. Instead, Beowulf committed heroic acts for his own selfish reasons and never shows to values the lives of the people. From fighting Grendel to slaying the dragon, Beowulf only fought because he value the fame and fortune that comes along with those accomplishments.