On initial reading of "Doe Season" and "Barn Burning" the only similarity one would think is the fact that the stories include children. Upon deeper analysis of the stories we see that there are many more comparisons. The story of "Barn Burning" starts off describing the strong feelings of the young boy, Colonel Sartoris Snopes, as he watches a court preceding that accuses his father of burning Mr. Harris's barn. He knows his father is guilty. It is apparent, as we continue to read that he is aware of the facts.
In both the human and animal eyes Grendel is seen like a monster. In conclusion, Grendel can be seen as a monster and could be a good character, which has been though a lot in his life. With no one to neither talk to nor interact with, this lonesome life is what ignited the fire that made him the way he is. You could say he is a bad character if you see things in your perspective, but did you ever try to see it in his point of view? For example, human killings animals, does that mean we are monster.
In the story the Narrator says “There is within me (and with sadness I have watched it in others) a knot of cruelty borne by the stream of love, much as our blood sometimes bears the seed of our destruction, and at times I was mean to Doodle” (page unknown). The Narrator is cruel to his brother in ways such as when he was running away from him; Doodle said “Brother, Brother, don’t leave me, don’t leave me!” (Page unknown). Lastly, the Narrator also showed cruelty to his brother when he made him touch his own coffin. The Narrator told us that everyone, even
Evil in Beowulf, to illustrate the obvious contrast between good and evil and puts a spin on it by telling the story from Grendel’s point of view, ultimately connecting to the theme of Grendel’s need for community in Gardner’s work. In Beowulf, the author emphasizes the differences between Good and Evil by portraying the monsters as unstoppable forces, while most humans are depicted at the monsters’ mercy. An example of the theme Good vs. Evil in Beowulf is “So Hrothgar’s men lived happy in his hall Till the monster stirred, that demon, that fie, Grendel, who haunted the moors, the wild Marshes, and made his home in hell…” (Beowulf, Canto 1 Lines 101-104). This quote from Beowulf shows how the men in Herot are at peace until the monster, Grendel, ruins the serenity of the hall.
However, Old Major only ends up asserting that man is entirely evil because some men commit evil acts. Nevertheless, the animals show how it is not only men who perform evil deeds. When the animals take over the farm after the rebellion, Snowball and Napoleon become the leaders of the farm and they both enter into a power struggle over the farm. Eventually, Napoleon manages to get rid of Snowball and starts to bring the farm into a state of decay: “They had come to a time when no one dared speak his mind, when fierce, growling dogs roamed everywhere” (pg. 87).
Herrick effectively highlights Billy’s father’s contempt through sensory imagery; his “one hard back hander” causes Billy to “taste the blood dribbling out” of his nose. The exclusion that Billy feels in his family prompts him to search for a better place to belong. He develops distaste for his own hometown of Nowheresville. “I throw one rock on the roof/ of each deadbeat, no hoper/ shithole lonely downtrodden house/ in Longlands Road, Nowheresville” here, an accumulation of negative diction, which reinforces the feelings of alienation that such a place arouses for Billy. The use of harsh alliterative sounds also reveals Billy’s negative tone.
The anti-trinity In the epic of Beowulf, Grendel is presented as a coward, a monster, and an insensitive character. According to the story, Grendel was referred to as "spawned in that slime,” a biblical allusion to the story of Cain and Abel. Grendel was born as a monster into exile; his life was cursed because he was a distant offspring of Cain. According to the Bible, all of Cain’s decedents were punished by God because of Cain’s sin. Despite Grendel’s evil motives, he is determined to be the best and overcome any obstacle that interferes in his way.
The blind De Lacey is proficient in distinguishing the sincerity in the monster’s voice when confronted by him. Presented that De Lacey is unfit to examine the shell that enclosed the beast’s true nature, the wretch was for the first time welcomed by another being. It was not until the remaining peasants returned to the cottage that the peace was destroyed. The compassion-desiring creature is repeatedly beat, by Felix, with a stick that came from the firewood that the monster so generously collected. The wretch flees the scene only to feel “rage and revenge” (Shelley 137) amidst his educators.
“(168) This novel gave the idea of suicide to the Monster which was inflicted upon being denied by everyone and not knowing his spot in humanity. As the Monster read “Paradise Lost” he connected to having a war with his creator, and believes that he was Victor’s “Satan”. Thinking in the role of Satan, the Monster kills Victor’s family, just like Satan took away God’s angels. The novel “Plutarch’s Lives” gave the monster some input on life. “The patriarchal lives of my protectors caused these impressions to take a firm hold on my mind; perhaps, if my first introduction to humanity had been made by a young soldier, burning for glory and slaughter, I should have been imbued with different sensations.” (170) The Monster finally found his reason for being on earth and he believes he found his spot in humanity.
“[Y]ou, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us.”(81) Although Frankenstein hates the creature, there is no denying the bond they share. The mere knowledge of a bond shows the creature’s sense of family ties, and his understanding of how dysfunctional his relationship with Frankenstein is. “Have I not suffered enough, that you seek to increase my misery? Life, is dear to me...I am thy creature, and I will be even mild and docile to my natural lord and king.”(81) The beginning of the creature’s quote is very profound. The creature takes this opportunity to verbalize all the emotions he feels.