We look inside the depths of our hearts and we see all that is wrong and evil about us. Every day a human will have to face the constant struggle of overcoming their unique monsters. Poems such as “Beowulf” and “Bisclavret” have been written to address this struggle that we all must face. “Beowulf” is a poem which takes us through the tale of a hero named Beowulf as he fights for honor and glory for his hometown. During the poem, Beowulf chooses to face off with three entities; Grendel, his mother, and a dragon.
This is the beginning of Grendel falling directly into the role that the dragon said he would need to fill. Grendel’s murderous tendencies completely reflect the monstrous side of his personality and the more he kills the more he grows insane, separating from rational, humanistic thought. “I am swollen with excitement, bloodlust and joy and a strange fear that mingle in my chest like the twisting rage of a bone-fire...I am blazing, half-crazy with joy” (168). It is clear that, by the time Beowulf arrives, Grendel has embraced the fact that he is required to be evil, despite the fact that he previously claimed he would oppose that destiny. His violent nature grew so much that he became crazy with the need to kill the humans.
Hatred is a strong emotion that can overtake anyone at any given time. This capability leads many on a path of ruin and destruction, which is greatly portrayed through Grendel in John Gardner’s Grendel. Grendel, a destructive feral being, is taught in nihilism, which gives him the ideology of being superior over all living things (except the dragon), and it is because of this superiority complex that he begins a reign of terror over Hrothgar and his kingdom because of his disdain for humanity. His disdain for humanity stems from the humans senseless violence against one another and their lack of restraint against nature One of Grendel’s many reasons for hating humans is that they wreak senseless havoc upon each other. Grendel often watches humanity as it advances and notes patterns that he see as humanity goes in number and power, one being wars and
Grendel had an exposed eardrum that caused him pain, and it worsened when the citizens were being loud. The movie made it possible to relate to the character on a more personal level. Most people know the feeling of getting so mad, and doing reckless things, or being easily irritable because youre in pain. The story about the dragon drastically changed over time. It started off being an evil monster whose only purpose in the story was to be a cold hearted killer of Beuwolf, and put an end to the story.
Shadow Stalker, God-cursed Grendel, The Captain of Evil, and Monster are all nicknames of one creature. This one creature was named Grendel who brilliantly said “Balance is everything”. For Grendel to figure out that balance, or in other words the yin and yang, is integral to living says a lot about a “murderer.” Grendel cannot live without a hero and a hero cannot live without a challenge. The humans symbolize the hero withstanding the forces of Grendel, while Grendel symbolizes the villain trying to hurt and dismantle the hero. This constant fighting creates a balance between the two forces of good and evil, until one succumbs to the other.
“Lord of Flies, where is she?” The serpent hissed releasing a powerful poison, the poison was red and seemed to create a terrifying fog. From the fog, millions of faces appeared in agony. They spalled past the demons on the ground, a few were instantly consumed.
From the blazing, scorching feathers of the mythical Phoenix to the disturbing, terrifying image of a mechanical horror, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is littered with symbols that told other stories in their short meanings. Throughout the story, they represented the world and life that the main protagonist Guy Montag lived in. The Mechanical Hound represented death and darkness, the Sieve and the Sand symbolised the knowledge sought for by Montag and his mind trying to grasp it, and the mighty Phoenix represented the human race rising out of the ashes of failure and starting over again. Though there are numerous examples of symbols from the story, these three are the most meaningful of them all. The mechanical nightmare known as the Hound was clearly shown throughout Fahrenheit 451 as the physical image of death and darkness.
Beowulf’s Monsters Have you ever heard a story about a fire breathing dragon? The story of Beowulf gave birth to the concept of these stories. These stories were made by the Anglo-Saxon people but to them these stories were real and a cautionary tale to others. These Anglo-Saxon monster represented all the things they feared and the consequences of breaking their laws. The first of these monsters is Grendel.
The Power of Fear Fear is a power harnessed by evil to gain an advantage over good. Some forms of evil, such as the monsters in Beowulf, use this intense power to such an extent that they embody individual human fears to completely control and annihilate their enemies. Of the three monsters Beowulf faces in his life, the fatal foe, the unstoppable dragon most effectively embodies fear. Through the perils of its lair and its poisonous fangs, “the ground-burner” embodies man’s fear of inevitable death (2713). After finding the man who awoke the beast, the Geats encounter the dragon’s home.
St. Cyril of Jerusalem made the analogy that life is like a road that must be traveled with a dragon on the side, waiting to devour any who stray off the road. Within the analogy, the dragon represents the personal temptations everyone has struggled to overcome in order to reach God, who waits at the end of the road. Although everyone struggles with their own personal temptations, most can be put into one of the seven deadly sins: pride, greed, anger, sloth, envy, lust, and gluttony. Flannery O’Connor focused on these in her short stories by creating characters that embodied certain sins. In some of her most known stories, such as “Good Country People,” “The Life You Save May be Your Own,’’ and “The Displaced Person,” she focused on pride, greed, and anger, respectively.