The problem Victor tried to avoid was the reproduction of the two monsters. This would leave him responsible for an entire race of monsters, holding him accountable for all disasters and misery. Victor, also, is interested in creations by himself without the help of a woman. Victor’s destruction of the female monster can be viewed as an act of anti-feminism. Fearing the progression of a female monster, Victor destroys the almost finished female creature, leaving the first monster vowing vengeance on Victor because he has doomed his life of loneliness and despair.
This reinforces the idea that Grendel’s mother is also a monster, since put in the same position as the prior one. The two monsters, Grendel and his mother are also associated with the night as a time for action. This reinforces their animal-like behavior, and the monstrosity of their actions because they are not giving fair warning to the humans. The monstrosity of Grendel is also seen through his savagery when killing the men. He is carnivorous and feeds on human flesh.
The abnormal way in which these sexual anxieties are presented permits the discussion of these apprehensions. The supernatural renders Lucy inhuman — her twisted face resembles “The coils of Medusa’s snakes ” (Stoker 250) — and as such, the sexual and moral dangers she posits in her independence are punishable by the four men. The same men who once desired nothing more than her pure affections are those who persecute her to the grave, for Lucy now personifies the destructive morals of the transgressive female. The violence employed in their fight against the vampire, in addition to their destruction of Lucy’s egregious body, demonstrates that male anxieties and fears often transform into hatred towards that which questions their masculinity.
Grendel vs Grendel Grendel, the horrid, gross, quarrelsome demon who had no concept of the english language or feelings, the beast of burden who slaughters men with no remorse. Writtened as a damned hel spawn of his wicked mother, known throughout the land as an emotionless entity whose pleasure derives from the pain of others. As portrayed as in the Epic Beowulf (Heaney). However on the other side of the spectrum we have the Grendel in the movie Beowulf and Grendel (Gunnarsson, S.) Again portrayed as a thing that derives pleasure from the pain of others and a thing that acts somewhat like a human from time to time. Despite being from the same story and sharing the same name these characters as a whole are supremely different from each other.
But even with all her power, Jason bends her like a young pine in a hard wind; he makes her double in two. I know her” (Ward 38). Defeated by her feelings for Manny and powerlessness as a woman surrounded by men, Esch idolizes Medea; she covets Medea’s ability to manipulate and destroy. She also sympathizes with her betrayal because no matter how hard she tries, even before he knows about her pregnancy, Manny refuses to have any real relationship with her. Esch’s misery slowly develops into anger that climaxes when she tells Manny he is the father of her child.
In The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, the Republic of Gilead actively represses women by forcing them into very narrowly defined, ultra-conservative gender roles. This totalitarian government strips women of all rights and protections, and imposes severe punishments for defiance. Pollution and disease had caused severe infertility in this society, drastically reducing birth rates. In an effort to reverse a drastic population decline, this thoroughly misogynistic and power-hungry regime, takes full control over the human reproductive process. Furthermore, the leadership uses various dehumanizing methods to achieve complete subservience of women to men.
This denial of autonomy removes the ability for the women to have fully developed characters for the reader to have any meaningful connection to either the Queen or the wretched Mother. Grendel’s Mother has no speech, relying instead on crudely pantomimed displays of anger, loss, and grief. This inability to do anything other than lash out at the warriors leads to more bloodshed and ultimately, her demise. Francis Leneghan discusses author John M. Hill’s contention that this generates “social tension” within the narrative “pulse” as the story unfolds (112). This animalistic nature foisted upon the grieving Mother, coupled with her complete inability to be heard forces her into a subjugated position, iterating her as a base creature, forcing the reader to feel separate and disconnected from her without insight to her thoughts or feelings, other than her
Finally, the last women role in Beowulf’s poem is the Grendel's mother monster. The poet describes her as an evil, dangerous, scary, masculine, and the monstrous woman in the mead-hall. “She is also referred to using a term always used in reference to female humans, never animals, and usually reserved for noble women: ides. The use of this term indicates that Grendel's mother, though she is in some way cursed by God, and monstrous, is nevertheless a human.” (Porter) Meanwhile, the poet uses the monster represented the symbolism of sin, dangerous, evil, and inhuman in society and life. “For instance, Grendel’s mother is a powerful woman.
When the Monster learns that people fear him and can’t seem to understand him, his attitude changes. The Monster becomes livid throughout the novel and unyieldingly seeking revenge on humans and most importantly Victor. "You must create a female for me with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being. This you alone can do, and I demand it of you as a right which you must not refuse to concede” (Shelley 174) he tells Victor to create another Monster, a female companion that he could identify himself with. When Victor breaks his deal with the Monster to create his female companion, the Monster continues to take away the things Victor cares about
The following summary explains how important acceptance can be on a grand scale and what effects it can have when one never received it. The monster had a strong thirst for it day in and day out. The ways that the monster tried to gain acceptance but rejected at every turn through was when Victor the mad scientist bolted from it, the cottages became frightened and chased him away, Victor destroying the female monster, wanting forgiveness from Walton an expedition captain, and lastly it understands it must die not a single trace left
In this quote Grendel’s mother is described as “monstrous” or in other words evil. She is portrayed as a crazy monster who has no control over her own actions. Since she does not have a man to control her she is portrayed as ruthless and wild. She is given a bad image because she does meet the standard society put for her; she does not have a husband. According to the article “The Social Centrality
When Janie first complains of her marriage to Logan, Nanny says, “Heah you got uh prop tuh lean on all yo’ bawn days, and big protection, and everybody got tuh tip dey hat tuh you and call you Mis’ Killics,” (23). Nanny tries to convince Janie that she should be satisfied with her status of having been able to marry a respectful man. However, Janie feels that love is necessary for her marriage, and that she will be extremely unhappy if she cannot love. For Janie, the status does not matter for any relationship; rich or poor, as it is pointless without love for one another. Her firm determination to find love leads her to marry Joe, who claims he will never make her work or suffer hardship.
Queen Gertrude is the Queen of Denmark, Hamlet’s mother, the widow of Old Hamlet and the wife of Claudius, brother of her dead husband. Gertrude is ignorant and a woman who means no harm but because of her actions it contributes greatly to the terrible events that occur throughout the play. In this play there’s many conflicts, one of the first conflicts was when Gertrude married King Claudius two months after Old Hamlet’s death. Gertrude is ignorant because she’s not aware of anything happening. For example she’s not aware that King Hamlet’s murder was by his own brother Claudius, even though they were some hints out there to show that it was King Claudius who killed Old Hamlet.
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).
She fights her own battles, whereas in the Anglo-Saxon society only men fought battles or sought vengeance. She is an outcast because of the fact she does not conform to society 's view of a woman. She is very hostile towards guest, and uses violence to solve everything. When Grendel, her only son,her last companion in this world dies she feels the need for vengeance. Unlike the other Grendel 's mother was very sacrilege and had physical power