I chose Grendel's mother for my character analysis. Even though Grendel's mother is not in a lot of the text I thought she was an interesting just misunderstood character. I liked that she wanted to avenge her son it shows she is human and not just a monster. The dislike I found in her was how went she went about seeking revenge by killing people brutally. On some levels I can see myself like her protecting my loved ones and feeling pain from the death of a loved one.
They are depicted as pure evil, and during Beowulf’s battle with Grendel, the idea that the monster has claws is repeated. “Eyes were watching his evil steps/Waiting to see his swift hard claws” (Beowulf 11. 737-8). They first talk about his evil steps, and then bring up his claws, which implies that they believe his claws are evil too. When Beowulf grabs hold of Grendel, the poet made sure to mention that he held Grendel’s claws with his hands (Beowulf 11.752).
“Avenger” (1257), “monstrous hell-bride” (1259), and “savage” (1504) are just some of the names the poet used. Although, she takes an eye for an eye by taking one of the “retainers in a tight hold” (1294-1295) to then fleeing and eventually killing the great warrior, Beowulf contradicts this vengeful act. Beowulf explains to Hrothgar, “Wise sir, do not grieve. It is always better to avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning” (1384-1385). However, this is exactly what Grendel’s mother does.
In the poem Beowulf, there is a contrast between good and evil. This distinction is presented through the monsters Grendel and his mother, in parallel to the hero Beowulf. The themes of evil and monstrosity are therefore used in the story, as a way to create the notion of Grendel and his mother as monsters. Beowulf therefore appears as a character representing good. Although Beowulf shows traits of abnormal power, like Grendel and his mother, his motifs are interpreted differently.
In “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl, Mary Maloney is not the innocent wife of Patrick Maloney as she seems to be; but instead, is a woman, capable of murder. Mary was tired of being treated like a second class citizen when it came to Patrick. For instance, when Patrick Maloney was giving his wife one-word answers like, “yes”, or “I’m tired”, it hurt Mary. Mary was at the end of her rope; she was losing her husband. Although Mary had murderous intent, one of her strongest characteristics is thinking of the consequences; not for her, but for her unborn child.
Vengeance is a vital part the human nature. In Beowulf, Grendel’s mother represents vengeance as part of the human condition. After her son, Grendel, is exterminated, she immediately craves revenge on Beowulf and his people, the people who murdered her son. The fire-breathing dragon also portrays the emotion of vengeance in Beowulf. The dragon becomes incredibly vengeful due to a fugitive stealing its treasures from its cave.
The narrator explains, “Then suddenly, the vehement mother avenged her son and wreaked destruction; death had robbed her” (Heaney 145). This quote is showing when Grendel’s mother stopped being mechanical. Her anger got the best of her, causing her to lose her mind and wreak havoc on Beowulf. Grendel’s accident causes her to lash out and viciously attack Beowulf. Instead of just sitting in her den she is searching for revenge, breaking out of her mechanical ways; which was the cause of her death.
Medea was a priestess which made her familiar with the concept of sacrifice. At the point of time when she killed her children, she was not a mother but solely a priestess. This portrays Euripedes’ belief that victims who are betrayed turn against their tormentor and everything related to their tormentor. Even though Medea wins over Jason by filling it with pain and sorrow, she does lose a lot. The phrase “Medea why lie down with death?” shows Medea’s desire to exchange her marriage bed with a death bed due to the intense pain she went through.
When Grendel dies from the power of Beowulf, this does not leave Grendel’s Mother amused. Grendel’s Mother is attacking Herot and “she’d killed a glorious soldier,cut a noble life short.No Geat could have stopped her”(Beowulf 416-417). As seen in the quote, Grendel’s mother is very upset about what happened to her son. By killing a soldier and terrorizing Herot, she is getting revenge for the death of her son. Then Beowulf goes to fight Grendel’s Mother, and during the fight Grendel’s mother “drew a dagger,brown with dried blood, and prepared to avenge her only son”(Beowulf 501-503).
To which she replies ''This is the way to deal Jason the deepest wound.'' (Euripides,227). This shows that she believes that by killing her children, she will basically ruin Jason's life, effectively getting her revenge. When asked about killing her children, she replies "So it must be. No compromise is possible."
People think she did deserved to die because she went against her family, well so did Creon. Here’s the second reason she didn’t deserve to die, Polynices was part of the family. Even Though Antigone did go against her uncle, her uncle is also going against Antigone and the rest of the family. Antigone’s sister even thought it was right for Polynices to be buried in the walls. He is still human.
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
When your monster is tearing down villages who don 't believe in your cause, she will envision finding the charred remains of her lover 's home. Since your monster opened herself up to the idea of love and it was so furiously ripped from her, she will purge herself into a secluded dark state from which she can never return. Your creation will go to extreme lengths to please the one thing that has constantly been there for them their entire life: you. She will not want to have outside relationships for fear of being stricken vulnerable due to her anguish like she was over her first love. Therefore, you are able to manipulate her thoughts to see you as good and others as bad.
This depicts male violent tendencies that dominate feminine nurture. Thus, the nurture that the monster desperately needs is replaced with violence, indicating another example of societies’ failure to foster the monster. After this rejection, the monster travels to Frankenstein, declaring that he “ought to be...Adam” but instead he is “the fallen angel” (93, Shelley).