Preceding the battle with Grendel, the hero shows his worthiness to the Danes’ king in his opening speech by stating “my lord Higlac might Christopher 2 think less of me if I let my sword go where my feet were afraid to” (169-171). By going into battle unarmed he is showing his abilities and loyalty to his ruler. Still as a young warrior Beowulf has his share of obligations to the afflicted people as many moral challenges lie ahead. In the first battle the man-fearing monster, Grendel, is introduced and ambushed in the mead-hall he so
Grendel comes up from the misty hills moving quickly to Herot to feast. Filled with hatred knowing a soldier is going to be killed. He sits and watches Beowulf's men and snatches one of the helpless sleep soldiers. Beowulf awakens and react fast to one of his men being slaughtered. They fight for so long Beowulf tears his arm off in combat and Grendel takes his arm and runs runs to hishome, the marshes and later dies.
He is upset that he is exiled to the swamps while the people are having fun at Hrothgar’s great mead hall. “Then the mighty war spirit endured for a season,/ Bore it bitterly, he who bided in dakness,/ That light-hearted laughter loud in the building/ Greeted him daily” (33-36). Grendel is jealous of the people and he is bitter. He is also lonely from having to live far away from the humans in a swamp. Having to endure poets sing songs about man’s great beginnings, Grendel snapped and attacked the people of
Jack is clearly Dove 2 hurt when Ralph is given authority over him. “Even the choir applauded; and the freckles on Jack’s face disappeared under a blush of mortification.” (Golding 23) As the novel progresses, Jack becomes obsessed with hunting, going off by himself for long periods at a time while the rest of the boys are at the camp. When Ralph becomes obsessed with rescue, Jack becomes obsessed with meat and killing. In the end, Jack fully gives in to his animal instincts and leads the boys to the savage side. The boys in Lord of the Flies change from civilized,
John Steinbeck introduces us to the novel with Tom our main character recently being released from prison for killing a man in a bar fight. Tom is a new man he feels and is on his was home to his family, not knowing what kind of situation his family and him will soon be in. He seems like a good fellow that only killed a man in self defense and feels that if he had to he would do it again. He almost comes across as he is proud of what he did. As he catches up with his family and travels many miles, his attitude changes drastically.
Throughout the novel we see Michele’s views and opinions of his father change dramatically with hints Ammaniti provides. Such as, at the beginning of the novel Michele proudly states his father being the “boss” of Aqua Traverse, but he later comes to the conclusion that “Papa was the Bogeyman” (pg.87). Michele refers to his father as the Bogeyman as he is young and it would be the scariest monster for him and he believes that Papa has become an evil, untrustworthy beast in his eyes. At this point we then see how much
They fell under the impression of happiness and stopped caring about going home. Odysseus went after the scouting party, and dragged them back to the ship against their will. He set sail, with the drugged sailors tied to the rudder benches to prevent them from swimming back to the island. His love and care for his men showed the quality of a respectful leader. During their encounter with the Cyclops, Polyphemus, Odysseus’ bravery and intelligence were the key role in his survival and that of his men.
Because of the sins of his forefathers, specifically Cain who killed his brother Abel, Grendel and other descendants of Cain were banished by God. The beast Grendel lives alone in a dark, cold cave. Night after night he hears the Danes loudly celebrating in the mead hall and it drives him mad with rage and envy. He slaughters the Danes because of this. So at the root of his attacks are the very human emotions of sadness, isolation and envy.
As he is saying this, his hubris is beginning to creep up on him because he thinks he is the best person ever after tricking Polyphemus. His crew is seeing this and begins to warn him of what is happening (Homer 769) yet he disregards their warnings. His hubris then takes full control as he says, “Cyclops, / if ever mortal man inquire / how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him / Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye: / Laertes’ son, whose home
Upon hearing of the plight of Grendel and the ill happenings in Hrothgar’s kingdom, Beowulf immediately gathers his entourage to help the king and defend Heorot. When Beowulf encounters the beast that has terrorized for twelve years, he single-handedly rippe off Grendel’s arm, an act ultimately killing the creature. To further delineate his heroism, Beowulf keeps the arm as a trophy of his victory. That particular part of the book showed me that Beowulf is always for his people, and showed me that he is very strong. Secondly, he is a very courageous man.