Beowulf makes known that “no man but [himself] could hope to defeat this monster, [and] no one could try.” Beowulf wants to have this fight all to himself, so he can take all of the glory. He is too selfish to conclude that only he could defeat the monster alone. Beowulf cannot be thought of as a hero because “Beowulf only longed for fame.” Beowulf does not perform heroic deeds just to save the citizens, but to receive more admiration from the citizens.
Human concepts of vengeance and codes of honor, especially from the time of Beowulf, call for “an eye for an eye.” By those standards, Grendel’s mother acts honorably in an attempt to avenge her son. In an ironic reversal of the previous battle, Beowulf confidently follows her, bursts into her home, and she welcomes him in an embrace: “she lunged and clutched and managed to catch him in her brutal grip. ”(l.1501-2) When he tries to use his newly acquired heirloom sword Hrunting, one which had been through many battles, “it spared her and failed the man in his need,”(l.1524-5) surely a sign of his sin. This is an ignoble battle, and even though Beowulf is ultimately victorious, Grendel’s mother anger was morally justified even by the standards of her opponent.
He considers the Scyldings' tales of amazing feats and superhuman bravery to be little more than fables, barely fit for little children. However, Grendel is not ready to embrace the dragon's philosophy either. He sees the Shaper's fantasies and the dragon's pragmatic existentialism as opposing views, but embraces neither one. Grendel is looking for something between the two, which will allow him his dark realism but will also give him free will in an admittedly mechanistic universe. I have not committed the ultimate act of nihilism: I have not killed the queen.
For instance, he left his men in the dark; not knowing the truth about the cattle of the sun god, and how they would die if they ate them. Odysseus told them, “” (Homer !#), not revealing the reason; which divulges his inordinate arrogance. Odysseus didn’t show leadership nor self-control here, so why is he considered a hero -some might argue, but it’s inaccurate to judge people from their mistakes. Odysseus was called arrogant, but his real face is heroic; saving his army and winning the war for them. Whoever judged from Odysseus from his errors, was only focusing on the inadequate side; this idea was falsified numerous times.
Theocracy has never been the best choice of government for any country. In the case of Europe from approximately 500AD to 1500AD, the government was theocratic, but it certainly was not Christianity, rather a poor imitation of the real thing, warped and twisted beyond recognition. As these three texts show, the doctrine is always changing, but what never changes is who has (or does not have) access to it. Beowulf presents a unique view of Christianity that does not last long.
In Beowulf he is not interested in being Christian or following the Christian morals, Beowulf is stuck in between his Christian backbone to help the people and his selfish prize of paganism. Even though he wants respect from Christians he has a passion and drive for fighting. Beowulf is known as being a hero and the one to defeat Grendel. Beowulf looks away at weapons when fighting but relies heavily on his strength... as he refused to use a weapon he portrays a confident attitude towards his battles when he refuses to use a weapon. Signs of christianity are giving selfishness and being loyal.
They speak of God as if he were a weapon of War. They describe God as a being that will rain down “terror and dread […] upon” their enemies and strike them down. However, at no point is there any acknowledgement of their own responsibilities to God. At this point, the Israelites are entirely self-serving in their relationship with God. They seem to almost view God as a tool to aid them in conquering other lands.
Satan with take a deceiving look to move and manipulate. From the book of Matthew “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheets clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15). Some may say Satan is the master mover of human life, others may see God as the prime mover. Satan is a victim of his own
(Golding 82). Simon, who represents genuine goodness of man, suggests that “‘maybe [the beast is] only us’” (Golding 89). His insightful suggestion is mocked and he is considered crazy because it is easier for the boys to comprehend a tangible monster lingering over them that could be killed rather than to accept “mankind’s essential illness” (Golding 89) which cannot be changed nor destroyed. Simon is isolated from the others because of his atypical insight and he simply “cannot be understood, for he speaks the language of truth to the blind” (Talon).
Beowulf Character Study Essay There are many religious influences and implications in Beowulf, ranging from the characters, to their journeys and their religious beliefs. One of the main religious implications is Beowulf himself, in the text Beowulf appears as a “Christ-like” figure. Beowulf and Christ follow very similar journeys, both men travelled to an exotic land, and began to save and protect the people that lived on it. Beowulf traveled to Danish land; in order to protect them from the incoming threat of Grendel, who also plays a sort of religious character by being a “devil-like figure”.
A Hero's Journey thru Life Throughout life there will be many challenges that will present themselves some of them will be caused by someone else but others will be caused by yourself. Some people will call these people Foes or Anti-Heros. They can range from a monster called Grendel to just a teacher at your high school or just earning the high school diploma. The “Hero” will need to overcome the foe in whatever way they chose. For a high school student there are many foes that one might need to overcome, one of them is graduating high school.
In the great epic, Beowulf, an unknown poet describes Beowulf as an invincible hero with the amazing strength stronger than any human ever, but does having the traits of an incredible warrior, make him a great king? A great king is loyal, generous, reliable and should be able to realize what he needs to do to make sure his people are safe. Beowulf is brave, strong, and extremely confident in his combat abilities, but Beowulf does not think about the possible effects of his actions. Beowulf cares about his fame, fortune, and legacy, but he often makes rushed decisions that risk his life and could potentially leave his people powerless and unprotected. During Beowulf’s transformation from thane to king, he has always had more of a warrior’s mindset,