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.
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.
This obsession led to health problems, seclusion from the world and his family, and ultimately to the deaths of several people because of the monster he completed. Towards the end of the novel, we see a Victor consumed with finding and killing the beast. He swears “to purs... ... middle of paper ... ...arated by about three hundred years and different types of literature; however, Shelly and Marlowe use the qualities of a romantic hero to show that human nature is flawed and that man is prone to sin. They use the “qualities” of obsession, internal battles and differing moral codes to convey their message that “Bad company corrupts good character” so to speak, the “bad company” being humans and their sinful nature, and the “good company” being seemingly harmless qualities of a hero(1 Corinthians 15:33). Humankind should take their stories as an example and learn from it, by turning to God instead of those things.
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.
The Monster attempted to coexist with humanity, dealing with violence and abuse, only to be rejected and alone, much like how Satan is rejected by God. He is hoping that the wicked nature of the humans was not common between them all, until he meets the family which sways his opinions about the race. This fruit of hope soon turns rotten when he decides to befriend them only to be rejected again saying “from that moment on I declared everlasting war against the species” (Shelly 124) after their reaction. It was at this moment where he lost his innocence, seeing the truth that all humans are violent, only to make himself more lonely, which is seen in Paradise Lost from Satans rejection from God after they were defeated. Satan is a fallen angel,
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
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.
Macbeth 's avarice leads him to predetermine more and more terrible gluttonies. Because of these deeds and the guilt he has, Macbeth is obsessed by spiritual events such as meeting Banquo 's ghost and the floating dagger. Macduff 's reason for wanting to kill is completely different from Macbeth 's. Macduff is considered the prototype of the revenging hero. He only has an intention of revenge when Macbeth kills his family.
Because a true evil being would attack without hesitation. Because of his deformity, people automatical... ... middle of paper ... ...e all the evil things they have done. When he goes to Victor's coffin, the creature does the opposite of what a evil being would do. He grieves over Victor despite all the horrible things the creature has done to Victor. The creature even feels guilt over the innocent people he has killed and the torment he put his creator through.
"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.