This is a feminine and bloody space that speaks of the mysteries of the female body, the monsters: the fear men have of what lurks within. When Grendel’s Mother battles with Beowulf, she attempts to penetrate him with her claws; she pinions him to the ground, the female mounting the male, an inversion of male sexual violence towards women. There is no mention of Grendel’s father, though she is called a descendent of Cain, could she be the self-propagating primordial mother, another anathema to the phallic centric world of Beowulf and one which must be contained for the male order to
1518). The line is power provoking because it paints Grendel’s mother to be a satanic creature which represents all that is evil. “Swamp-thing” also gives the reader a picture of an alligator-like monster. Grendel’s mother’s actual appearance is never described in poem. Instead, an image must be created based on interpretations and drawing from some of the reader’s worst fears.
Nina Ortiz Prof. Kappes ENG 301 26 February 2018 Two Tales of a Mother A woman, a savage, a mother, or a beast may or may not be your opinion of Grendel's mother in the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf. Beowulf leaves much to the reader to imagine who she is as person and so interpretation varies. However, throughout the text, the poet seems to praise Beowulf for his heroic ventures while Grendel’s mother gets no real recognition other than distasteful descriptions. As many might perceive Grendel’s mother as monstrous and their worst nightmare, on the contrary, Grendel’s mother was as human as Beowulf and as natural as you and I. Much like today, society connects you with whom you are related.
On some levels I can see myself like her protecting my loved ones and feeling pain from the death of a loved one. My mom I believe would be like her to a point if something happened to me. My mom is very anti-social like Grendel's mother. She would come out of her hiding like Grendel's mother if I was hurt and seek answers. I don't believe my mom would take it to the extreme as Grendel's mother did with violence.
“Grendel’s mother, monstrous hell-bride, brooded on her wrongs. She had been forced down into fearful waters, the cold depths…” (pg 34) She cannot be defined by the role as a hostess. She would attack any person or creature who would dare enter her cave. In describing Grendel’s mother in comparison to the other women portrayed is true to the fact that “she has the form of a woman” (pg 155) but is “monstrous hell-bride” (pg 34). Her behavior is unnatural and unlike “female ‘peacemakers’ do not wage war…her unnatural behavior seems more
In Frankenstein, the reader spots the danger when Victor destroys the female monster where the monster proclaims “Slave, I before reasoned with you, but you have proved yourself unworthy of my condescension. Remember that I have power; you believe yourself miserable, but I can make you so wretched that the light of day will be hateful to you. You are my creator, but I am your master; -- obey!”(Shelley 157). The reader sees the obvious tension between Victor and the monster due to both of their lacks of responsibility for each other and themselves and can relate it to the United States and their global affairs with countries like North Korea where the countries leaders have resulted to name calling like “rocketman” and “mad man”(Stevens). Throughout Frankenstein the reader saw Shelley’s theme of the dangers in not taking responsibility like pain, death, the suffering of others, and now the reader finds out how one of the dangers is the risk of composing deadly
She symbolizes evil in the sense that she is born through sin and therefore she represents the punishment that God inflicts on Hester's adulterous act. Pearl also symbolizes the guilt that her parents are experiencing. She defies the puritans' law by being cheerful when she is associating with nature instead of suffering. Another way in which pearl symbolizes punishment is the fact that she keeps pestering and bothering her mother. “‘Hold thy peace, dear little Pearl!’ whispered her mother.
Lady Macbeth is Evil Humans are capable of great compassion, as well as great cruelty. Often they will go to great lengths and use any means necessary to accomplish their goals. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth are guilty of employing heinous ruthlessness to achieve the goal of ruling Scotland. Spurred by Macbeth’s letter of the witches’ prophecies, Lady Macbeth begins a journey which demonstrates her dark and cruel nature ultimately bringing about the downfall of her husband and herself. Lady Macbeth is evil, she does things that no sane person would do.
Lady Macbeth has high ambition for her spouse. She comprehends that Macbeth has a desire for the throne. Be that as it may, she expects that her spouse would experience difficulty when endeavoring to murder Duncan and want the throne on the grounds that she sees Macbeth as "full o' the milk of human kindness". Since Lady Macbeth realizes that her spouse would never have the capacity to perform such an errand, she chooses to control the of the killing of Duncan. She requests that "direst brutality" debase her.
Lady Macbeth is very passionate that the king must die in order for Macbeth to become the King, but she is worried that he will be to “soft” to do such a thing. “ Yet I do fear thy nature, it is too full o’ th milk” ( 1.5.16). Throughout her soliloquy, she fears that his sympathy will be his downfall and will prevent him from going along with her plan. She is confident that the only way for her plan to work, is to take action right away and,”play false” (1.5.22). Macbeth won’t do anything that will harm his friend, the King, and Lady Macbeth knows that so she knows what to do, she will make sure that he will go through with the regicide.
Although Antigone might not have handled her conversation with her sister Ismene well, she does have a reason to be angry because she offers her sister a chance to bury Polyneices with her, so that they can both right something that has been wronged (43-47). Even though Ismene refuses to take part in burying Polyneices, Antigone does the deed alone, and takes full responsibility for her actions. After hearing that Antigone has been sentenced to
But that in itself shows that their deaths control her actions and her feelings. The loss of those she wished to protect are what caused Najmah to avoid her triggers. Her rejection of those who could possibly help her heal from her PTSD shows the effects of pain she experienced. Losing her mother and baby brother not only left her alone, but it also is what kept her alone for much of her emotional journey. (CS) The extent to which Najmah loved her family is revealed in her reactions to anything that concerns them; by avoiding her triggers to protect herself, it demonstrates how immense the effect of losing them
The exorcism of Beloved grant Sethe the vision to see the damages she wear for herself and her children. Sethe portray as mad woman by her community illustrate the selfishness they convey. Despite, the fact that they all share alike experiences and burdens. They override the past and cover their reasoning for her actions. Eventually, they sees Sethe’s crime as heinous but the burdens are not her to carry only.
Dr. Mosgrave pronounces Lady Audley mad simply as a result of Robert’s concern for their family name. He, however, sees her actions more as a “conspiracy” (Bronte), as the crimes were logically thought out, acting on desperation rather than insanity. Despite Lady Audley admitting that she is mad, it is easy to question whether this is only an attempt to excuse her of the crimes she has committed. Braddon criticizes the notion that insanity is the only explanation for women who do not accept the limitations placed on them by a repressive society. Instead of being detained for her crimes, Lady Audley is sent to a maison de santé in Belgium and left to die