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).
Grendel: Evil? Or Misunderstood? Does being an outcast in society make a person evil? That is one of the questions that is constantly addressed in the epic poem, Beowulf. In the epic poem, the great hero Beowulf sets out to kill the supposed demon Grendel, who everyone widely views as one of the most evil beings to walk the Earth.
What Really Makes A Leader? Beowulf is an epic that represents a clear divide between good and evil. As the story twists and turns into different but connected conflicts, Beowulf is seen as a prominent hero figure. Beowulf is called on to fight three different monsters that threaten the civility of everyday life. What defines a leader?
The widely accepted theory of the Great Chain of Being highlighted royalty as a divine right from God and any aspiration to attain the throne was a sin. Macbeth exhibits the epitome of disloyalty through his crime: ‘as his host who should against his murderer…not bear the knife as well.’ This juxtaposition of ‘host’ and ‘murderer’ demonstrates the extent of his betrayal by taking a position he is not the rightful heir to. Macbeth’s evil deed is perceived as throwing nature out of order. The Old Man in Act 2 observes ‘A falcon, tow’ring in her pride of place/Was by a mousing owl hacked at and killed.’ The animal imagery conveys unnatural occurrence for a mice eating owl to kill a falcon, symbolising Duncan being murdered by Macbeth as upsetting the natural order of political hierarchy. The betrayal also makes Macbeth a victim of his own act.
Throughout his adventures, Beowulf is fighting against evil, whether it is Grendel, Grendel’s Mother, or the dragon. Beowulf’s, journey to save a kingdom is threatened by evil. In the epic poem, there are many symbols of goodness. The epic hero, Beowulf is the essential source of goodness. Beowulf’s goodness is described in his battle against evil, symbolized by Grendel, one of the monsters defeated by him.
Carolina SanJuan Mrs. Katie Noboa ELA 11B November 12 / 2015 LOTF Religious Allegory "To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man. "-Oliver Wendell Holmes. While the writing of William Golding’s Lord of the flies the world was submerged in a terrifying war, which had not only consumed countries, but men and their ideals. The questioning of the whole point of humanity came to the surface of a generation of artists devoured by existentialism. Since the war it became common to find humanity as a point evaluation in art, evil in it’s essence considered being part of the human race.
There are an abundant amount of accounts in Shakespeare’s poem, Macbeth, which depict Macbeth as being morally ambiguous. Throughout the story, Macbeth is seen as heroic, evil, and misfortunate. Ultimately, Macbeth is tragic hero insofar as he was once a hero; however, he allowed for his ambition to get the best of him and lead him to his downfall. First of all, the beginning of the poem, the Sergeant glorifies Macbeth by notifying King Duncan of his heroic actions in battle. “For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name) disdaining fortune, with his brandished steel, which smoked with bloody execution, like Valour’s minion carved out his passage, till he faced the slave, which never shook hands, nor bade farewell to him, till he unseamed
However, in the movie he possessed a flaw that would change the course of the story. His love of women completely changed the tale. In the poem, Beowulf battled Grendel’s mother and killed her. In the movie, he couldn’t resist her and lied about killing her. He ended up fathering her child and created a dragon that would destroy the community.
Wiglaf, a Geat, follows Beowulf on his quest to slay the dragon. During this battle, Wiglaf proves that he is strong, fearless, valiant, and loyal to Beowulf. Wiglaf and myself share the characteristics of being valiant and loyal; in the aspect that both he and I fight for what we believe and we are both loyal to our friends and those close to us. Beowulf attempts to fight the dragon and soon finds his weapons and armor are no match for the dragon. Beowulf's men soon realize that for the first time ever, their king has been defeated.
It is in human nature that the more power one desires the more corrupt one’s actions must become to achieve it. The tragedy of Macbeth is about a Scottish noble whose lust for power leads him to do many terrible deeds that in the end lead to his demise. Although Macbeth is ultimately responsible for his fall from greatness, the witches’ prophecies and Lady Macbeth’s manipulation assist in his downfall. Macbeth’s growing character degenerates from a noble man to a violent and paranoid individual. At first, Macbeth and nobility were synonymous terms.