Good Versus Evil in Beowulf An anonymous Anglo-Saxon author composed Beowulf, an epic poem, in which good triumphs against evil. A variety of despicable monsters constantly threaten the people of Denmark providing a need for a noble warrior, Beowulf. The repetitive struggle to save humanity demonstrates the forces of good versus evil through The Battle with Grendel, The Battle with Grendel’s Mother, and The Battle with the Dragon. The initial battle, The Battle with Grendel, begin the fight of good versus evil. Grendel, a savege beast, continually devoured the people of Denmark, bloodthirsty, “ He moved quickly through the cloudy night […] Towards that shinning hall”(289-291).
Mary Shelley uses many language devices to portray conflict in the novel Frankenstein. In chapter 5, Mary Shelley uses alliteration to convey to the reader the emotional conflict the monster is forced to face. Victor finally finishes his creation and observes its appearance: “I beheld the wretch -- the miserable monster who I created”. This suggests to the reader that Victor is not pleased with his creation as he calls him a “monster”; the word “monster” makes the reader visualize a horrendous, spine-chilling, eerie creation creating a dark ambience. Furthermore, the author uses feelings to describe the monster.
Dracula, Psycho, and Jane Eyre are three texts which, though covering a broad variety of topics, are intrinsically linked through one such topic: the duality of human beings. Dracula, on its surface, may appear to just be a monster story, but the monster in question is more than just a blood-sucking abomination. He is representative of how mankind has a monster lurking within, one that must utilize others to survive, one that is seductive, dark, and mysterious, and one that is ultimately invited in by its victims. Psycho, as the title suggests, is about a deranged killer. However, he is no ordinary murderer.
The Victim and the Beast The Legendary Epic, “Beowulf” and the novel, “from Grendel” are very different in many ways. Beowulf tells the story of a legendary hero, and how he slays the evil monster Grendel. Grendel causes much death, destruction and grief, with his blood-thirsty rampages on the town of Herot and needs to be killed. The battle between Grendel and Beowulf represent the battle of good versus evil. Upon Grendels defeat, Beowulf is looked upon as a great hero.
It is Frankenstein’s responsibility to teach the monster and see it as a friend. It’s because Frankenstein rejects his creature that causes it to become evil. “Oh No mortal could support the horror of that countenance. A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch. I had gazed on him while unfinished; he was ugly then, but when those muscles and joints were rendered capable of motion, it became a thing suck as even Dante could not have conceived.”(pg.49) Each time the monster killed it was a consequence of Victor’s actions.
In the epic Beowulf, the protagonist, Beowulf, faces three different monsters. Much like Beowulf we each have our monsters that we face and it is up to us to decide whether to stand up or cower away. After being terrorized for so long, king Hrothgar and his people and his people the Danes, are in need of a hero to vanquish their curse, which is Grendel. In the epic, Grendel is the first monster Beowulf has to fight. This monster attacks at night, usually after people are “sprawled in sleep” for a quick and effective kill (Beowulf 33).
David Guhl Mrs. Volz British Lit. 5 September 2012 Who is the real monster? There is child abuse going on all around the world, and the kids have done nothing to deserve it. In Mary Shelley's book Frankenstein, The Monster is like an abused child because Victor puts his creation through intense pain that the Monster did not deserve. Victor had no reason to put his creation though such pain he just did it through pure selfishness.
Theresa James English 121 Professor Jesse Stommel Frankenstein Is a Gothic Novel Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797 – 1851), a classic occult fiction, was first published in London in 1818 in three volumes. It tells a story of how Dr. Victor Frankenstein creates an artificial man out of fragments of bodies from churchyards, and dissecting rooms – a human form without a soul. The monster longs for love and sympathy but inspires only horror and loathing and becomes a powerful force for evil. It seeks revenge against its creator, murdering his family and friends, also, and bringing death to Victor himself. In the most important aspects of Frankenstein; Frankenstein is compelling in and of itself.
Monster is defined by the Oxford Australian Students Dictionary as ‘a large ugly or frightening creature’ but is this the extent of all monstrosity or can monsters be more than just what is seen to be scary or threatening. The concept of ‘The Monster Within’ explores the ways in which texts use the idea of a monster to reflect the cultures and values of their times, using different perspectives on a topic to convey a similar theme or idea. F.W. Murnaus’ film “Nosferatu” released in 1922 uses a stereotypical monster to convey ideas relating to the monster within a creature and its drive and determination to kill for survival. In contrast to this, Tim Burton uses the idea of a conventional monster in his film “Edward Scissorhands” (1990) to uncover the abstruse reality of the monster not being an individual, but being society itself.
The motion picture Beowulf directed by Robert Zemeckis has some significant alterations in plot events compared to the epic poem. The film does an excellent job showing the terror that Grendel imposes on the Danes with his monstrous raids on Herot. It also supports the epic poems famous battle between Grendel and Beowulf with the epic hero killing the monster. But following this battle, major plot events has some key changes contrary to the epic poem Beowulf translated by Burton Raffel. Beowulf kills Grendel’s mother in the epic poem but in the movie he makes a deal with demon leading to his downfall.