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How to start an explication?

Asked by FiRE_MaN (684points) October 26th, 2008

I need to write an explication on the dragon scene from Beowulf and i have no idea how i should start it. Also is there a good summery of this scene anywhere?

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gailcalled's avatar

Well, if I may be allowed to quote from an expert on you, “my english teacher says i can write well so… yeah.” Start with some ideas; I am sure that there are many good summaries somewhere. Let your fingers do the walking.

Outline; Topic sentence, thesis (evidence), conclusion. Don’t start with your conclusion.
(Hope that you actually read the text.)

Good luck.

fireside's avatar

Unless you were given specific instructions, maybe try using this format

1. A brief overview of what happened literally— not figuratively
2. The structuring of the literature (e.g. Was it a sonnet? What kind?) and the tone throughout the piece
3. The poetic devices used throughout the literature (e.g. personification)
4. Conclusion. You can finally include the deeper side of the literature— the actual meaning of it

this actually makes it sound easy, not accounting for the language used in Beowulf

wundayatta's avatar

Um, what about the stuff that is going on behind the literal stuff?

I would start with the emotional heart of the piece, whatever you think that is. Then follow the outline above, but adding a second layer of explication, which is your interpretation of the literal meaning.

jvgr's avatar

Here’s an example of a short EXPLICATION

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