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Heros EpicIn the course of time many heroes have made their name and many stories have been written to proclaim their greatness However none as captivating as Beowulf This Anglo-Saxon epic demonstrates its power with beautiful language usage of kennings metaphors similes and alliteration Also it gives wondrous supernatural beings as in God and even of powerful creatures as Grendel On the other hand it has human struggles and afflictionsThe very first element that is discovered by reading this epic is the lofty language that is used Although having read only and excerpt the writing is as glorious as the story itself Alliteration usage and can easily recognized in line 33 He found them sprawled in sleep suspecting nothing which demonstrates the s sound Another example of alliteration at work using the p sound is line 160 From my prince no permission from my people for your landing here Metaphors provide a distinct characteristic as in line 30 describing terror as darkness had dropped Line 128 when sailing across the sea describing the seas beating on the sand There are few similes but one that stands out most in line 133 The ship foamed through the sea like a bird Using like to describe the similarity of the bird and how the ship traveled across the sea Probably the most important element of language are the kennings which describe something simple so indirectly Line 241 describes darkness or night by stating how the moon hangs Also line 325 describes Grendel in two different kennings as one form of evilEvery hero has their way of fighting evil or protecting from it In order to fight a supernatural being one must have a superhuman power which brings us to another characteristic of epic poetry The very first supernatural being described is the almighty God in lines 7-3 in the beginning God is definitely been a supernatural being because of his ability and powers that he possesses He
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