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How can the reader tell that Beowulf is a legendary story?
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How can the reader tell that Beowulf is an epic poem?
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How can the reader tell that Beowulf is an epic hero?
What can dialogue and internal thoughts often tell the reader?
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Is Beowulf is an elegy?
No, it is not. Beowulf is an epic. Or alternatively, a Romance (meaning, similar to the whole knights and maidens thing, with chivalry and all that stuff). An Elegy is lamenting the death of someone. Which, while Beowulf does do at times, that is not the purpose of the work; it is meant to tell a story!
How does a first person narrator draw the reader into the story?
A story in which the narrator speaks directly to the reader?
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How can you tell that Beowulf is a legendary hero?
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When is a second person narrator used?
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How can readers tell that beowulf is an epic poem?
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Who is telling the story and how does this influence the story?
Your question considers two viewpoints -- the point of view of the protagonist (main character) as established by the writer, and the point of view of the reader. When you tell the story strictly from the POV of the protagonist, then the reader only knows what the main character knows, discovers clues and story elements along with the character. When you tell the story from the POV of the reader, you can foreshadow clues and story elements, which can build tension as the reader imagines the main character discovering them. As a writer, you can choose which POV to use by working with the pace, the rhythm and the dramatic tension -- or comedic tension -- you want to create in the reader's mind. As a reader, figuring out whose POV is being presented gives you additional information about the situation, the facts and the plot, as you learn more about each character.