Not surprisingly, in the poem Beowulf, the characters of Grendel and Beowulf showed the significant role of religion. Biblical allusions were scattered throughout the poem. The alienated character Grendel was a descendant “of Cain (who was) punished forever for the crime of Abel’s death.” Due to their blood connection to Cain, Grendel’s parents were “murderous creatures banished by God.” God has exiled all monsters; shunned them away from the prosperous lives of humans. This made Grendel an outcast to the society of God worshipers. Unlike the Germanic tribes that roamed the earth above him, Grendel lived with the sole purpose of “opposing the Lord’s Will, and again and again defeated.” Meanwhile, as he was born human, the heroic character Beowulf was considered to be a descendant of the Lord.
Another heroic trait that Grendel does not possess is power of blood. In fact, Grendel shares this trait with his mother, another monster we encounter in the poem. Grendel and his mother are descendants of Cain (page 44, lines 105-14). This corrupts their bloodline since Cain is a figure portrayed negatively in The Bible due to killing his own brother out of envy and rage. However, the poem allows us to make similarities between the two monsters and Beowulf.
Although the boys believe the beast lives in the jungle, Golding makes it clear that it lurks in their hearts. The message of inner evil is portrayed throughout the book by the destruction of the conch, terrifying beast, and character developments to establish the hidden message throughout the novel. For instance, at the beginning of the novel, the conch symbolized order and power.
Just as Cain, Jack does not think clearly, or have valid reasons for their arguments. Even though Ralph was not successfully murdered, other characters in the novel were under Ralphs power. These were completed in full intention just like in the bible. At the end of the book, reality comes to the boys when they are hit with the truth. “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of a man 's heart”(202).
When Oedipus gets informed he is also told that he is not his real father. When this is told Jocasta realizes remembers that years ago they asked a shepherd to kill the boy in order for the prophecy not to come true, but since in reality the shepherd didn’t kill the boy but actually gave it to Polybus. So the prophecy came true and Oedipus became the son of Polybus. When Jocasta realizes the truth she says her last words and goes away. When the shepherd comes into the room oedipus starts to question him but he refuses to speak, but Oedipus scares him so he tells him the truth; when he was asked to kill the child he couldn’t do it so he gave the baby to Polybus.
Okonkwo thinks that the Christians have ruined their clans because the clans found a new and accurate teaching, they began to doubt their own religion and the Igbo society was no longer acted like one. The death of Okonkwo at the end was unpredictable because throughout the novel, Chinua Achebe described him as a strong warrior who feared of nothing besides failure and weakness. When Okonkwo committed suicide, he also committed the only thing he feared, and that was
As a result of keeping the gun away from his mother an innocent mule was killed. Moments leading up to the death of the mule, Wright gives a reader vivid description of how the gun was held as proof that Dave didn’t have proper knowledge of how to handle a gun. This quote “The gun felt loose in his fingers; he waved it wildly for a moment. Then he shut his eyes and tightened his forefinger” is proof that Dave didn’t have proper knowledge of how to handle a gun. From third person omniscient point of view, Wright was not only able to convince youths about rushing to grow up, but was also able to tell about the dangers of owning a
When Atticus shot and killed Tim, this portrays as if Atticus is killing racism as a whole. After Atticus had killed Tim, Miss Maudie told Jem and Scout “I think maybe he [Atticus] put his gun down when he realized that God had given him an unfair advantage over most living things. I guess he decided he wouldn’t shoot till he had to, and he had to today,” (Lee 98). This quotation shows that Atticus did shoot Tim. However, when delving deeper into this excerpt, it suggests as if Atticus decided that now was the time to stop a threat to Maycomb County.
The old traveler carries a serpent like staff in which the story reads “…which bore the likeness of a great black snake…”. The traveler attempts to convince Goodman Brown to keep the staff, as the Devil attempts to convince those who love God to commit wrongful deeds. It is easy to reference this to the biblical story of Adam and Eve where it is articulated that a snake persuaded them to eat the forbidden fruit despite God’s instructions. The Devil who owns this staff wants Goodman Brown to make the wrong choice in participating in the conversion ceremony. Alas, this character perhaps, is the most fundamental individual in this story because it is he who influences the Christians who reside all of their faith in God like Goodman Brown and his wife Faith.
Due to the brutal nature and darkness in all of the boys’ hearts, the island becomes destroyed after they have inhabited it, just like the Garden of Eden. Fire Contrast to the word ‘darkness’, the subject of study in this essay, the fire is another essential symbol that stands for hope and man’s dependence. It also plays a significant role in bringing out the innate evil in the boys. Golding creates the impression the fire has its own life, comparing the fire to different animals, first squirrels then jaguars. He uses phrases such as ‘scrambled up’ and ‘began to gnaw ’ to emphasise this effect.
Dubus has the reader questioning if inflicting revenge on Richard is ethical thing to do since the legal system failed in serving the appropriate punishment. In the story, Matt is thinking about taking Richard 's life because he killed his son and Dubus has the reader on his side. Releasing Richard on bail is an unjust decision made by the legal system because the crime does not match the punishment. Nobel peace prize winner Martin Luther King Jr says “ How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others? The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust.
Buckley calls Bigger a “maddened ape” (376) and thus rips away the meager remains of Bigger’s humanity. Eager to blind the jury, Buckley denies Bigger’s humanity. No longer does the jury see a man’s life at stake, but an animal 's. Furthermore, Buckley shows the jury Bigger’s animalistic nature through the biblical allusion to the snake in the Garden of Eden. Stating that everyone should “crush with [their] heel the wooly head of [the] black lizard”(373), Buckley draws comparisons between Bigger and a snake--the physical embodiment of evil.
In the Article Blow’s mentions “the system failed him” a lot of times, he expresses how disappointed he is about the choice of the justice system. The author mentions about how kids were thought not to run in public, however this case was different because Martin was walking too slowly, and it became a crime. The author also talks about the pictures they showed during the case, it was Trayvon without a shirt, and it was supposed to be helpful to prove that Zimmerman was not guilty at all, by showing pictures of shirtless Martin they thought that it would make him look bad and it was absolutely a wrong. Given, the advantages of black lives matter outlined in the previous paragraph, about how the unfair justice system is regarded to the black