He eats people only because it provides a place for him in society, even if it is a negative position (The Two Faces of Grendel, 2). Good and evil is one of the main conflicts in the poem Beowulf, and ultimately both wipe each other out. Good, is portrayed by God, and evil seems to be what fate has in store for the hero. Beowulf occasionally talks to God and asks God to give him strength before the battle and to give him the valor he needs to overcome his enemy. Evil seems to always get the bad side of things since it always gets conquered by God’s good side.
Much like Satans arrogance and thirst for knowledge in Paradise Lost. He wants to mess up everything for God, so he sets out for Eve and her emotions ¨His words replete with guile into her heart too easy entrance won¨ (Milton 9.733-4). This guile or craft is much like Victors creation, it is a distraction from the real world to feed his curiosity, like Satans curiosity of Eves emotions, but losing their innocence in return. On the other hand, the Monsters loss of innocence comes from the knowledge literature has to offer. The book that strikes him the most is, you guessed it, Paradise Lost by Milton.
This is a major theme of the story and is seen throughout it. Golding himself even states that “man produces evil as a bee produces honey.” A review of the book states how Golding portrays this “because the boys are suffering from the terrible disease of being human.” Piggy, Ralph, and Simon are the “rational good of mankind” portrayed in the book, and Jack and his hunters are the “evil savagery of mankind.” “The beast” is a symbol for the evil in all humans, and Simon and Piggy, or rationality, are almost helpless in his presence. Simon, though, in a book filled with evil, is a symbol of vision and salvation. He is the one to see the evil as it truly exists, in the hearts of all humanity. When he tries to tell the others of this truth, however, he is killed, much like Christ was trying to bring salvation to the ignorant.
It is also through his eyes we see loss of innocence. “…Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart…'; In the above quote Ralph cries after piggy is killed. Jack can be seen as a cruel, ugly, skinny, and the leader of choir at first then the leader of hunters. In a deeper sense Jack represents dictatorship and a primitive hunter. His leadership depends on in the ability to threaten and frighten those under him.
The once civilized boys turn into violent, apathetic beasts, thanks to an ongoing fight for power between the two main characters: Ralph & Jack. Both literary pieces show how evil human’s can become once they strive to achieve their desires causing them to act in an unaccustomed way. A popular method through which sin takes hold of its victims is through attempting to satisfy their desires. In Lord of the Flies , Jack makes his thirst to acquire power clear in the beginning of the book , this yearn for power leads him to a future that is wrong in the eyes of God. Upon first meeting him, he advertises himself for the role of chief saying: “I ought to be chief, because I’m chapter chorister and head b... ... middle of paper ... ...commits a good act by rescuing the boys, the soldier will go back to killing people of other nations in an effort to win the war.
Beowulf portrays the heroic figure who saves everyone, while Grendal always remains evil with bad intentions. Grendal attacks mead hall because of jealousy. Grendal envies the fellowship and happiness he observes. He dislikes living in the outer world, excluded from the company of men; thus he stalks the moors, jealous of the pleasures of mankind.
"Why does that which makes a man happy have to become the source of his misery" -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe "The Sorrows of Young Werther" Curiosities Backhand Curiosity; the desire to know. The human race continually fights a battle against the unknown. At times, man's conquest of the unknown leads to his downfall. In Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, the monster is left in painstaking solitude after the abandonment of his creator, Victor Frankenstein. He has no knowledge of the world around him.
The monster’s plea to “not desert [him] in the hour of trail” expresses the severity of his desire [Shelley 121]. Despite his benevolence, he is again exiled from another family. By now, he is “miserable” from the “barbarity of man,” and his reflections on his experiences make him assume he is “malicious because he is miserable” [Shelly 96]. Although he is aware that society is corrupt and the reason for his horrible experiences, he still turns to society to sooth his sadness by asking Victor to create a creature of his own
William Golding’s Lord of the Flies effectively provides numerous instances that highlights Hobbes’ viewpoint. Throughout the story, it becomes evident that the manner in which the boys increasingly lose their civility and degenerate into savages, how they end up doing anything either to survive or simply to acquire perverse enjoyment. Golding ably demonstrates the innate evil in human through religious allegories, involving events, characters, and settings clearly based on the Bible. Golding uses events that relates to several biblical characters’ actions in the novel. One such event employed by the author involves Ralph scolding Jack for allowing the rescue-fire die out, at which point Jack “noticed Ralph’s scarred nakedness .
The strife was too great, hateful, long-lasting, that had come to the nation, cruel spirit’s envy, gigantic night-evil. (189-93) The pessimism of the poor Danes was palpable. They had even despaired of appealing to the Christian God and had reverted to offering sacrifice to their heathen idols. Grendel had killed 30 warriors the first night and had taken even more the next night. But their pessimism is dispelled by one Beowulf who is ready and willing to sacrifice himself to repay the debt of Ecgtheow, Beowulf’s father, to Hrothgar.