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The epic tradition in Gsta Berlings SagaHaving been born and bred in Vrmland Selma Lagerlf is conversant with the peasant culture and its folklore In Gsta Berlings Saga she is primary occupied with a provincial type and investigates deeply into the spirit of the folk-life of Vrmland It took her ten years before her work was achieved There were circumstances which motivated its conception the sale of her childhoods home Mrbacka emphasized her will to preserve the tales she was told about the Vrmland Using the cavaliers story at Ekeby she underlines the importance of work love and morality Because of its style its relationship to the Icelandic saga its proximity to the primitive oral tradition its affinity to nature and its romance Gsta berling s Saga discloses all the features of the epic taleThe Epic genre could be defined as a long narrative poem recounting actions travels adventures and heroic episodes and written in a high style with ennobled diction for example It may be written in hexameter verse especially dactylic hexameter Although her rhythm is prose her diction is poetic For instance in the chapter Gsta Berling Poet Gsta is asked how does he like the promise land and here is his answer It flows with milk and honey we empty the mountains of their iron and fill our cellar with wine The fields bear gold with which we gild lifes misery and we fell our forests to build pavilions and skittle alleys The recurrent comparisons and metaphors render the poetic style as well as all the romances that we witnessedThe narrators voice is almost Omni-present thanks to the style of the author She renders entirely the impression of oral tale The reader can imagine himself sitting around a fire listening to her Furthermore the use of personal comments and interjections could remind the reader of a personal diary in the chapter LandscapeNow I must beg those of my readers who know this
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