William Golding's novel "Lord of the Flies" not only provides a profound insight into human nature but also does so in a way that is remarkable for its use of shock and horror. Golding presents aspects of human nature as themes in the book. It alerts us to our potential to descend from order to chaos, good to evil, civilization to savagery. They are explored through how innate evil can be brought out in certain situations, the dangers in not addressing our own fears and the battle between civilization and anarchy. Most importantly, Golding achieved the above using metaphorical and didactic writing techniques that unquestionably shocked his readers - and still shocks them today.
They attack the good side by killing innocent men because they ... ... middle of paper ... ...rs have a sense of alienation and just want to fit in. The point of view of the book Grendel allows the reader to see another side of Grendel. In Beowulf, Grendel is viewed as the antagonist and the evil villain. Grendel is both feared and hated in Beowulf. Upon reading Beowulf, the reader discovers Grendel as seen through the eyes of his terrified victims.
Once Grendel lost faith in humans, he was forced to kill as he was disappointed and disgusted by their actions. With the lies of the Shaper, their murderous ways, and flawed beliefs, he has turned too far away from goodness and believed the only way to fulfill his life is to kill the ones who confuse him. This showed the complexity of Grendel as in Beowulf, the attacks by Grendel were seen as pointless acts of violence and evil when in reality the humans had pushed him to this point. One main reason for his violence was his constant fight with his belief of human religion. He was constantly questioning why God made him an evil creature and tested humans and their belief through violence.
Because of The Creation’s looks he is shunned and treated horribly by the people around him. This leads to his horrible mistreatment towards him, which is one of the causes of his monstrous ways. Chris Bond, in his scholarly article, “Frankenstein: is it really about the dangers of science?” writes about the true meaning of who The Creation is. He writes that, “..Because he cannot integrate into society, becomes alienated from common kindness and interaction, and rewards ostracism with violent crime” (Bond). The Creation is forced into this life of hatred of himself and of other people because of the way he is treated based off of his looks and initial appearances.
Upon reading Beowulf, the reader discovers Grendel as seen through the eyes of his terrified victims. King Hrothgar, leader of the Danes, fears his visits: “The renowned ruler, the prince of long famous, sat empty of joy; strong in might, he suffered, sorrowed for his men when they saw the track of the hateful monster, the evil spirit. '; Hrothgar would dread the fatal nights when Grendel would dine on human flesh. The ruler understands that Grendel attacks his men out of spite and jealousy (The Two Faces of Grendel, 1). In reading Grendel and Beowulf, one can find many similarities in the way the events occur in the books, however because of contrasting points of view, the reader gets insight on the entire picture from two different sides.
Satire is quite a powerful element in literature. It can take a serious book, and just by twisting a few words, can make it seem like a "Funny Horror" to certain people. The composition of the satire in this book is purely incongruous, and consists mainly of dark or black humor. The dark or black humor and the incongruity were mainly contained in the names of the characters and in the absurd situations that befell them. A few examples of satire in the character’s names are as follows; Lieutenant/General Schiesskopf, Piltchard and Wren, General Dreedle, and Colonel Korn.
As a mere ensign, Iago lacks both honor and power, and has only the will to act. Iago is envious of men of more reputable statuses because they command power and respect, and thus very insecure about his own worth and masculinity because he does not possess those characteristics. Iago greatly resents the fact that even Othello, “the Moor” who is “[h]orribly stuffed with epithets of war” (I.i.15), holds more power and military respect than he does. The audience can sense Iago’s jealousy from his language in the very first scene of the play, as he ... ... middle of paper ... ...ule his life. Later on in the play, Iago blatantly tells Othello that jealousy plagues his mind: As, I confess, it is my nature’s plague To spy into abuses, and oft my jealousy Shapes faults that are not—that your wisdom From one that so imperfectly conceits Would take no notice, nor build yourself a trouble Out of his scattering and unsure observance.
In Grendel, John Gardner shows that Grendel’s sense of right and wrong is shaped by the sins of man. Grendel watches the humans commit unnecessary acts of violence, and he uses them to justify his war with Hrothgar. He watches human tribes fight with one another, and is appalled by how they waste livestock, burn villages, and slaughter people. He finds himself “sickened, if only by the waste of it.” (Gardner, 36) Grendel doesn’t understand why the humans kill unnecessarily, but he is viewed as a monster when he kills for his own survival. Hrothgar becomes the most powerful king in the land, and Grendel has watched him waste and sin more than anyone else.
Because of suffering, it turned the creature into a real monster and the revengeful murderer of little William. Nevertheless, the creature was not born a monster but the scorn of men made him one. Everyone he turned to hated him, and it hated him for no reason. In addition, when he turned to Frankenstein begging for a mate he heard the words that killed the last gains of hope in the depth of his heart “Devil…do you dare approach me? and do not you fear the fierce vengeance of my arm wreaked on your miserable head?
Both Aziz and Frankenstein's monster are driven toward bad choices. They are forced to hate those who judge them. Aziz chooses to forgive and let go of some of his prejudice. The creature instead chooses an act of violent revenge which is his ruin. These novels clearly demonstrate how discrimination in society has negative dramatic effects on those who receive it and leads to expansion of prejudice.