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Sentences don't begin with emotions, they begin with words, in this, the adjectives afraid and alone modifying he. They are perfectly acceptable as written, and that they reflect emotions is completely irrelevant to their grammaticality. Furious and humiliated, he no longer wished to continue on. Footsore and soaked, he no longer wished to continue ...
It is correct to start off a sentence with emotions till you are using the right set of punctuation. You can consider emotions to be kind of interjections (http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/parts-of-speech/interjections/what-is-an-interjection.html) Take another example of starting a sentence with the ...
This sounds perfectly fine to me.
It's a (passive) participle, a type of adjective derived from a verb. It's a participle syntactically, as well, because it can be rearranged like this: Found dead, a whale on the southern Spanish coast was found to have swallowed 17 kg of plastic waste, including plastic bags. It is still an adjective relating to the noun, but the placement is more ...
It is a past participle in that sentence. A participle is internally a verb, in that it can have some arguments that verbs commonly have; externally, you could say it is an adjective, in that it often modifies a noun. But to call it merely "an adjective" without qualification seems excessively simplified, to the point where it becomes almost useless.
This is a tough question. I have faced it myself. You are caught in a tug-of-war between differing schools of thought in the matter. Unfortunately, it is likely that at least one professor on your dissertational committee feels strongly in the matter. Fortunately, if you just accept your advisor's advice in the matter, then the professor in question will ...
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