Riley’s hypothesis of the divine influences in Christianity. The divine influence is the beginning of the God of Christianity and is how monotheism arose in cultures where polytheistic religions had long prevailed. This chapter focuses on the concepts of creation in the ancient world (prior to Christianity), the role of gods and humans in the material world, how humans reached heaven, and types of monotheism. These sections are to be expected in an analysis of the relationship between ancient religions to Christianity, but Dr. Riley’s “Greek Science and the Monad” is the most fascinating in the discussion of the divine influences in Christianity. In this section, Dr. Riley declares this to be the origin of the concept of the Christian god, rather than it deriving from the religions of the Near East.
In the book Grendel, John Gardner conveys Grendel's loneliness by Grendel's attacks on the people showing the lack of companionship drives him to destroying other people through his actions, thoughts and relationships. Body paragraphs: Grendel's loneliness is expressed greatly through his thoughts. The authors describes Grendel's need to jeopardize others people life just because Grendel is unhappy. The quote, "Pointless, ridiculous monster crouched in the shadows, stinking of old men, murdered children, martyred cows" (Gardner 6). This proves Grendel's view of the world is horrid and he has nothing in his life meaningful to him.
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Creature that the protagonist, Victor Frankenstein creates, exhibits the same characteristics of a stalker. The Creature does not look like a normal human being and this causes people to be afraid of him. Though, like any normal human, he just wishes to be accepted. Because of his outward appearance, the creature is unable to address people directly, thus forcing him to observe society from its perimeters. He is unable to make any friends which causes him to be a very lonely being.
Pointless, ridiculous monster crouched in the shadows, stinking of dead men, murdered children, martyred cows” (Gardner 54). Grendel recognizes that it is the isolation that has turned him into what he is. He has seen how the humans have rejected him and tried to kill him, the first person viewpoint allows us to share this experience with
Grendel in the novel is more similar than different to "the monster" in Frankenstein because Grendel in the novel is miserable, "the monster" in Frankenstein is alone, and Grendel in the novel realizes who he is or what he wants. In the beginning of the story Grendel doesn’t understand why his mother and he have to hide from the men. He has no one to talk to and feels like his mom hates him because she is always ignoring him and doesn't talk much. Grendel feels miserable as if there was no point in living. "The world is a pointless accident .
In Beowulf, who is Giddish, is a Pagan. However, the monsters and other characters in Beowulf, were of Biblical Characters. Some even say that the writer of Beowulf was a Christian. This topic is worth investigating because it highlights the struggles and context in which Beowulf was written. This was a time in which where violence and conflict were rampant because
The debacle, the war between good and evil, as defined by the author, begins with the telling of creation tales, as the Danes were “[t]elling with mastery of man’s beginnings” (91). Their creation tale is explained as glorious, supernatural, and blessed. Grendel, “whom the creator outlawed,” a seed of Cain, is deemed “a fiend out of hell” (106, 100). Based on context, it appears that Grendel may have at one point been on the “inside,” but because of a murderous act and sin, he is now known as an outsider. Later, the author seems to slightly divert his attention from the overall narrative, to a more direct address of specific actions of the Danes, their ungodly ways and “heathenish hope” (179).
The period in which the earliest written forms of Beowulf have been hypothesized as originating from was, to say in the least, changing. Much of the Anglo-Saxon society that surrounded the epic poem’s creation was moving towards Christian beliefs. That is why the heroism in Beowulf is so remarkable, as it incorporates tension between the Christian beliefs of the time and the author’s attempt at “reviving the heroic language, style, and pagan world of ancient Germanic oral poetry” (Norton 37). The pagan heroic code, which defines a hero largely based on the warrior culture that would have been present, is at odds with the Christian hero that the author is always alluding to through Beowulf. Sure, ideas such as loyalty, strength, bravery, and courage are shared across both cultures, but many more intricacies of heroism are not.
Tina Chen Mrs. Lazar British Literature- Period 8 10/12/2016 The Truths Behind the Monstrous Figures From traditional folktales to modern literature, monsters are often referred as daunting. Their existence meant disaster for the society. Their presence, in all of these literature pieces are neglected, feared, and abhorred by their civilization. Every monster that was created ought to have a loathsome and corpulent appearance. Their personality, usually described as melancholy when readers compares it to the protagonist, or unpardonably vicious from their actions toward the civilians.
In Grendel, Grendel does speak of himself as no more honorable or brave than any brainless animal. He call himself “Pointless, ridiculous monster crouched in the shadows, stinking of dead men, murdered children, martyred cows.”(6), Grendel’s nihilism is exhibited in Chapter One when he spots the signs of spring and also notes places where he has committed extreme acts of violence. Him admitting his wrongs but having no remorse expresses that he knew what he was doing yet did not care who he hurt. The answer of whether or not Grendel was a truly evil monster can’t really be determined due to it being a matter of opinion. However, the most common definition for monster from Webster’s Dictionary is “one who deviates from normal or acceptable behavior or character.” This being known, Grendel does fit into the role of being a monster seeing as murder is rarely ever acceptable in human