"grip" vs "grip tightly"
Well, the verb "to grip" means "to hold sth tightly", but sometimes I see some words written with "tightly" or "firmly" with this verb". Is this an emphatic way of emphasising the meaning?
The woman moved closer to Beth, gripping her arm (tightly).
I would interpret the meaning of this sentence with "tightly" without "tightly" in this sentence, if you know what I mean. Perhaps this a way of reinforcing the verb.