Grendel, or Anxiety? In today’s society, we face many monsters that cause us to become fearful and weak when faced with a challenge. In the epic Beowulf translated by Burton Raffel, Grendel is a miserable monster who causes pain upon faultless people, and is motivated by their pain. Today’s monsters may not be actual creatures, but they do cause the same terrifying effects on people, symbolizing evil in our society. Anxiety, like Grendel causes you to feel alone, attacks innocent people, and creates jealousy of others happiness.
Overall Tom and Victor are villains in the eyes of the people they live with. First of all, Tom Robinson in a villain in the eyes of the town. At first Tom is accused of raping Mayella Ewull. In present day New York this would be a terrible thing to do and, back then it was terrible also. The level of evil is brung up because Tom was black and Mayella was white.
When Jack killed a pig, he tortured it by cutting it open, and cutting its head off. Being the sick and twisted person he is, he decides that it will be a sacrifice for the “Beastie”. We now know that the Beastie does not exist, but this was more than a sacrifice. It was a symbol to show that the boys have completely lost their civilized part of them, and they are now being true ‘savages’, and becoming more and more evil by the minute. In the book Lord of the Files, there are many signs of symbolism in the book.
Piggy's arms and legs twitched a bit, like a pig's after it has been killed.” As the conch explodes, and one of the main defenders of democracy dies, so does society. The boys have lost all sense of civilization and society and have turned completely “savage” in their minds. Now being controlled with fear by Jack, they have no choice but to follow his orders. Jack yells at the boys “I’m warning you. I’m going to get angry.
Countless works of literature have mused on the complex struggle between the human characteristics of greed, selfishness and treachery and the edifice of morality and reason on which human society is built. Often times this struggle is characterized as a battle between the forces of good and evil, good being the desire to help mankind and evil the desire to do the opposite. George MacDonald’s poem “Evil Influence” follows this trend in its title and subject matter, describing the terrible nature of evil that precedes violent deeds. While William Golding’s Lord of the Flies primarily explores the natural state of man contained by the walls of society, the presence of its titular being ~Raw Writing~ ...brings up the idea of something sinister influencing the boys’ actions on the island. Using the poem as a field guide for finding the signs of evil influence, and assuming the beast is something inside the boys that is awakened by the island (seen by how bad the kids already are and stuff- pg 28), we can break this down following the poem.
‘He’s a coward himself’” (Golding 129). The conflict that arrives when Jack blows the conch, which is quite taboo, as the conch had only ever been blown by Ralph before, shows Jack’s arrogance and disregard for the rules. His attempt to overthrow Ralph as a leader represents evil and savagery attempting to overthrow good and civilization. The final and most notable good versus evil conflict in the novel is the final hunt for Ralph, when he has no supporters left on the island, and Jack’s tribe is hunting him down. “He knelt among the shadows and felt his isolation bitterly.
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
Another act of savagery is that he raid Ralph’s shelter in the company of a couple of his savages and snatches away Piggy’s spectacles. Subsequently when Piggy insists on getting his spectacles back, Roger kills Piggy with a rock. The deaths of both Simon and Piggy are thus attributable to Jack’s brutality which is due to the great change that has come over Jack during the period of his stay on the island. When Ralph has fled to save his life, Jack orders a thorough search for Ralph. He gets a stick sharpened at both ends, evidently to torture Ralph to death after Ralph has been seized.
The jungle is home of the beast, which can also make the island symbolize how evil can overcome the boys within a short time span. The evil contaminates almost everyone on the island. “Just as in the jungle, darkness poured out, submerging the ways between the trees till they were dim and strange as the bottom of the sea"(Golding 57). The boys go through traumatizing experiences with make them grow further and further apart from society. They are physically and mentally affected till they lose their sense of integrity.
There are two tremendous devastations that took place on the Easter Island. The first was deforestation which lead to the civil-war and cannibalism. People on Easter Island, deforested the once flourished island because of the need to transport statues, which then, represented civility, but now represent the downfall of the society. One by one all of the trees on the island were cut down. Consequently, the land was unfertile and there were no trees to build houses or sea-worthy ships, and they were trapped on the deforested island.