“Do Not Go Gentle” Beowulf, Rhetorical Analysis
Life and death are two of the most extensive topics that could be discussed. In regards to “Do Not Go Gentle”, Dylan Thomas articulates his sincere message on man’s great journey and his demise through the use of expansive literary devices; with the use of riveting rhetoric, the author of Beowulf clearly expresses his view on these broad topics thoroughly. By complimenting the content of their work with the allusive message of the way a man’s life should be led, both authors appeal to the readers’ sense of reason. Although the authors’ incorporate their messages similarly into their own text, some of their views contrast in nature due to the culture that produced it. The author of Beowulf succinctly addresses his view of life and death in the dialogue between Beowulf and Hrothgar after the murder of Esher. Hrothgar is grieving the death of his close friend, Esher, when Beowulf comes to bring assurance to the king. “’Let your sorrow end! [Hrothgar]…/ Each of us will come to the end of this life/ On earth; he who can earn it should fight/ For the glory of his name; fame after death/ Is the noblest of goals’” (Beowulf 1384-1389). The author explains that everyone’s life will soon come to an end but it is up to them to achieve greatness before their demise approaches. Beowulf does not acknowledge the idea of Esher or anybody going to heaven; but rather insists that the tales of their great deeds must be remembered. This idea particularly appeals to the reader because it displays the desire for man to achieve extraordinary things in their lives. Like most people, Beowulf craves the thrill of accomplishments. This is clearly shown when the epic begins with Beowulf traveling to far lands to best a monster terrorizing a kingdom. The author is compelling men to achieve monumental feats in their life so that they will be remembered after they pass. In “Do Not Go Gentle”, Thomas expresses his thoughts on...
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