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The Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf is an excellent example of how an author can use connotative diction in order to bring his characters to life for the reader This poem uses rich and descriptive words and phrases to evoke emotions in the reader towards the main characters Throughout the novel the author uses certain words to create strong emotions in the reader towards Beowulf and Grendel Through his use of connotative diction the author manages to portray Beowulf as a glorious hero and Grendel as a fearsome monster In The Coming of Grendel the author uses strong words to evoke hate and fear in the reader towards Grendel the antagonist First he is referred to as that demon that fiend pg 13 line 37 which clearly informs the reader of his role as the antagonist As the poem progresses the words become stronger and more powerful The author speaks of Grendels hell forged-hands pg 15 line 91 The word hell evokes the image of the devil and absolute damnation into the readers mind which enhances the image of Grendel as an evil being He is also referred to as that shadow of death mankinds enemy pg 15 line 96-101 This reference to death almost brings to mind the grim reaper which helps to incite fear in the reader The authors choice of words helps to form the readers opinion of Grendel as a terrifying enemy not to be reckoned with Also by saying mankinds enemy rather than Hrothgars or Beowulfs enemy it includes the reader a member of mankind in the fear the main characters feel towards Grendel The connotative diction in the poem also helps the author to portray Grendel as a supernatural being with unknown powers to the reader Grendel can do things that no mortal could ever accomplish In The Battle with Grendel the author describes Grendel approaching Herot and then goes on to explain that Grendel approached the door and
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