Examples Of Diction In Beowulf

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When it comes to Beowulf, how much of the story do you really want to hear? The chapter from the book “Grendel” by John Gardner is a more convenient way to tell the story of Beowulf. It gives the reader a vivid and meticulous description of what a character from the story feels towards many of the events that happen. The diction, syntax and imagery of the fantasy allow the way Grendel tells his story to seem very vibrant, realistic and alive. The diction in the chapter of “Grendel” uses a superb choice of words to get the point across. “…I seize up a sleeping man, tear at him hungrily, bite through his bone locks and suck hot, slippery blood. He goes down in huge morsels, head, chest, hips, legs, even…show more content…
On the other hand, in Maurice Sagoff’s “Beowulf”, she doesn’t give a thorough description of what the “Battle of Grendel” was fought, but rather brevity of the whole situation. The words that she chooses to use in her poem are rather broad and unable to lucidly portray the overall picture of the battle. i.e. “Monster Grendel’s tastes are plainish- Breakfast? Just a couple Danish.”( first two sentences of Sagoff’s “Beowulf” poem) Based on the word choice, the most a reader can pick up from is that Grendel ate Danes. Excellent diction formulates an excellent story vision and Gardner’s Grendel portrayed it that best. The syntax of the story plays a significant role in illustrating the story from the author’s point of view. In “Grendel”, we see the author (John Gardner) exercises the use of commas, dashes, exclamation points, semicolons and other punctuation marks to try to connect the structure of the sentence to the plot and diction used. For example, “…for all it’s fire-forged bands-it jumps away like a terrified dear-and I plunge…”
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