Motivation in Beowulf The story of Beowulf displays multiple motivations for the multiple characters. For example, adventure is Beowulf's first motivation, but his drive later changes as situations change. Grendel kills for the sport, survival, and revenge for being outcast as a monster. Grendel's mother is outraged after the death of her only son, as any mother would be. Beowulf[->0] is summoned in the beginning of the story to kill Grendel who has been terrorizing king Hrothgar[->1]'s village.
One main similarity between the movie and the story (and probably the most important) is the element of an epic hero whom dies after saving his people. In the movie, Bulvine is cut with a poisonous claw by Grendel’s mom, shortly before decapitating her. He is able to fight one more battle against Grendel’s tribe, and then dies after winning the combat from the venom. In the poem, translated by Seamus Heaney, Beowulf dies after slaying a dragon from a lethal, dragon-bite to the neck. Even though the movie is based on the story of Beowulf, The Thirteenth Warrior still leaves a few events out and adds some occurrences.
Young Fortinbras did this through asserting himself and his military to action, and invading the then troubled Denmark. Despite Hamlet’s passive contemplation, he too avenged his father’s murder by stabbing Claudius and forcing him to gulp down a glass of poisoned wine. Both Young Hamlet and Young Fortinbras sought vengeance for their fathers’ untimely deaths, but had contrasting motives and completely opposite plans of action. Fortinbras' father, King of Norway, was killed during battle for control of “a little patch of ground”(4.4, 19). Fortinbras’ uncle claims the throne of Norway just as Claudius took the throne in Denmark, and linked the common destiny between Young Fortinbras and Hamlet in their attempt for vengeance of their fathers’ deaths.
Now in the play, Macbeth starts off as a loyal, courageous, stereotypical, drone like war hero but once a group of witches put this idea in his mind that he could become king, he starts spiraling downhill. For days he pondered whether to let nature take its course and let fate decide, or intervene and take matters into his own hands. He kills the King, takes the throne, but becomes paranoid and belligerent. Soon after this change, a rebellion forms who goes after him and kills him. William Shakespeare’s Macbeth showcases how one’s desires can change him, bring out the true primal instincts in a man; and as the play progresses, this change becomes quite evident.
Waking up to dead men hanging above you after a great night of celebration, probably not a situation you want to be in. Grendel’s mother’s way of getting revenge for killing her son Grendel was this. Beowulf leaps up fuming, no one ever told him about a mother. Beowulf being the hero that he is agrees to kill the mother. Beowulf goes into battle on his own.
As the play goes on, Macbeth begins to care less and less about who he kills and just starts killing all of the Thanes around him because he thinks that they are going to kill him. His life starts to fall apart and he goes to see the three witches for a second time. Macbeth even turns on his best friend, Banquo because he remembers the witches saying that Banquo’s children will someday hold the Scottish throne “Then prophet-like they hail’d him father to a line of Kings: Upon my head they placed a fruitless crown” (Macbeth Act 3 63-65). This proves that Macbeth no longer cares about the people who have been his friends and trusted allies for many years. All he now cares about is
Verna Thorton, dying of terminal Lung Cancer, tells Fitz about the election rigging, and how she was the one that ordered the attempted assassination on him because he did not deserve to be president. He in turn suffocates her with a pillow. I relate this back to Macbeth, with the death of Banquo. The witches prophesied that Banquo’s sons would be Kings, so Macbeth kills him and his son so that he can keep the crown. Fitz kills Verna, because he didn’t want to lose his presidency, and since she has already tried to assassinate he knows she is a threat alive.
Macbeth is awarded the title 'thane of Cawdor' for his bravery. Macbeth hears he has gained this title when told by some witches before the kings servants have a chance to tell him. The witches also predict that he will be "king hereafter". Macbeth consults his wife and she uses psychology to push Macbeth in to killing King Duncan. Macbeth does kill the King and this is when his downfall begins .
Two-Face Macbeth Macbeth, by William Shakespeare, is a tragic play that takes place in medieval Scotland. The play is about Macbeth, general to his cousin, King Duncan of Scotland. After winning the battle from two invading armies, from Ireland and Norway, they met up with three witches on the moors whom greeted Macbeth and Banquo with a prophecy. This meeting put into motion a series of events, leading Macbeth named the new Thane of Cawdor, and then he kills the king, acquires the thrown and lastly, proceeds to kill all that he perceives as a threat, real or not. Later, he seeks the witches for another prophecy which entails circumstances that will lead to his downfall; one, he can only be slain from one born by caesarian section, and second, Birnam forest moves to Dunsinane where his castle lies.