“Although Beowulf most likely began as a pagan epic it eventually expanded to include Christian elements, whereas Paradise Lost is definitely a Christian tale that uses classical allusions to remain connected to epic tradition” (Smith). The author of Beowulf is said to have been “a poet who used stray images and bits of Christian tradition in his action-fantasy without any serious religious purpose” (Cavill 16). Even though he wasn’t trying to make it a Christian poem, his writing ended up resembling that of Milton’s Paradise Lost in its biblical elements. The main similarity is that the plot in both poems have the same king/hero/evil structure. God and Hrothgar create a paradise for their kingdom, and each of them calls on a Savior, which in this case would be Christ or Beowulf, to defeat the evil (Satan/Grendel) trying to destroy it all.
Within the essay, “The Eternal Fight between Good and Evil,” the author discusses Bram Stoker’s story of good versus evil within Dracula. The author says, however, that the novel is not a universal example of good and evil because it showcases specific examples such as Christian symbolism. It makes sense to stress the scandalous parts of the story in order to provoke shock and get attention. During the time period when Dracula was written, the Victorian era, people were quite conservative. The novel was out of the ordinary for the Victorian audience and religion was still important to them.
Violence, danger, and treasure are three things that immediately come to mind when the word quest is mentioned. Very rarely is psychology brought into the conversation, however, in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight the quest that takes place happens mostly internally in the mind of Sir Gawain. However, despite the mental nature of the quest, the poem did follow some of the more traditional patterns of quest literature including the patterns of spiritual and physical questing, while also deferring from the plan by emphasizing psychological growth and struggle as well. Spirituality is very much a part of medieval romance literature as well as all quests, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is certainly not exempt from this trend. To begin the
Although John Milton’s Paradise Lost remains to be a celebrated piece recounting the spiritual, moral, and cosmological origin of man’s existence, the imagery that Milton places within the novel remains heavily overlooked. The imagery, although initially difficult to recognize, embodies the plight and odyssey of Satan and the general essence of the novel, as the imagery unravels the consequences of temptation that the human soul faces in the descent from heaven into the secular realms. Though various forms of imagery exist within the piece, the contrast between light and dark imagery portrays this viewpoint accurately, but its interplay and intermingling with other imagery, specifically the contrasting imagery of height and depth as well as cold and warmth, remain to be strong points
The Romantic period’s aims are related with art, not beauty but the expression and feelings which can open wider horizons. In fact, it has been defined in so many different ways. In addition, the right to individual and collective freedom is developed; this is subjective, expressing deeper feelings, most of them dark ones. Some of the characteristics that defined Romantic poetry are glorification of the individual; strong emotion, intuition, and instinct which turned more important than reason and intellect. Besides, there is a special admiration for nature, a sense that the experience of a person is equally important as the religious experience inside the world.
The answer to whether love is true or faithless is not always concrete, and it is this question that plagues the speaker in Philip Larkin’s An Arundel Tomb. The poem centralizes itself around the medieval tomb of the Earl and Countess of Arundel, in which the speaker questions the validity of the statues’ seemingly eternal love. Although historical allusions offer hints and statements about the infidelious nature of the time period, and bring into question the accuracy of the couple’s portrayal, connotations, unlike facts, are not set in stone. Despite the challenges bias towards periods of history presents, love ultimately prevails as an ideal that transcends time. Larkin fills his first stanza with ambiguity.
The battle between Good and Evil has been an ongoing game ever since. Just like fairy tales, which are crucial pieces of literature that have a deep impact on our society. There is only a fine line between what is Good and what is Evil, there is an impossibility of Good existing in a world where Evil is absent. The boundaries between the traditional meanings of those two were rather clear and relevant when Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm wrote down their collected stories in the nineteenth century. But as of today, the evil myth and the borders between reality and fiction as well as history, literature and philosophy are blurred, and so are the roles of Good and Evil.
Say One Thing, Mean Another (The Use of Satire in Canterbury Tales) “Filth and old age, I’m sure you will agree are powerful wardens upon chastity”(Chaucer). Chaucer, the father of English literature wrote a tale called Canterbury Tales where he told a story about a religious journey. This tale is made up of many different stories by characters that Chaucer made up to prove a point. Chaucer doesn 't agree with a lot of things that are going on in his society so Chaucer uses satire. Which is the use of humor, or irony to expose people 's stupidity.
Chaucer decides that during a trip he is taking to write down the stories of others, he doesn’t use their actual names but rather makes fictional characters to tell each story in the “Canterbury Tales” The three main things that Chaucer disagrees with during his time is the church, patriarchy, and lastly class nobility. He uses theses characters to essentially say what he needs to say without him himself actually saying so. This brings us to the use of satire by Chaucer in the “Canterbury Tales.” He uses satire when talking about the church, the patriarchy that happens and the class nobility that is clearly seen throughout his time. Chaucer uses three different people to say what he needs to say when
Reading these same poems and stories from the Middle Ages in modern times become difficult because of the vast culture differences between modern and past societies. A peculiar symbol that can be found in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is the pentangle. The meaning of the pentangle is covered in symbolism and with proper guidance, any interested reader can derive the meaning of the pentangle and its place in the poem. In this paper, the use of the pentangle in the poem of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and its ability to create potential role model or ‘superhero’ from the story will be analyzed. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the poet describes the appearance of the shield to be scarlet red with the gold pentangle on the front.
The author thought it was a primitive superstition. Nevertheless, to their amazement, physical and emotional healings occurred. We as Christians seek healing, but many times do not seek a greater relationship with Christ. This is self-centeredness rather than Christ-centeredness. We are not to live in chapter seven of Romans, but in chapter eight, which is walking in the Spirit.
In his later years, he devoted his time to theology and wrote his major work in the field called The Reasonableness of Christianity. It was to be published anonymously in the year of 1695. This work of John Locke’s was controversial because he argued that many beliefs traditionally believed to be mandatory for Christians were unnecessary.
Jesus is a figure that many authors use in their novels. By using characters that resemble him, they author is able to relate to the reader in context of hope and redemption, as well as to expand one’s thoughts on what exactly the concept of sacrifice entails. Obviously, there are many other ideologies in the world and Christianity, though popular, sometimes follows with some kind of negative connotation that would lead authors not to use Christ as a guide to a character. Foster addresses this conflict, saying, “we live in Christian culture…Culture is so influenced by its dominant religious systems that whether a writer adheres to the beliefs of not, the values and principles of those religions will inevitably inform the literary work” (Foster 124-125). There are certain characteristics of Christ that label a character as a Christ-figure and also can be related to the Christ figure in the Lord of the Flies, young Simon.
He was known for his Christian Faith literary works as well as his Fantasy works. Growing up struggling with his faith, C.S. Lewis, the author of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, was strongly criticized for his fantasy conflicting with Christianity, yet has been acclaimed a masterpiece in fantasy fiction. C.S. Lewis grew up struggling with his faith.
The values of society can hurt because they might lead to high expectations and dangerous situations. This can be seen in the Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Throughout the literary work one can notice how important certain values and expectations are. Immediately at the beginning when the Green Knight arrives to the King Arthur 's castle the societal expectations are fulfilled, "Splendid the knight errant stood in a splay of green and green, too, was the mane of is mighty destrier" (lines 1-2). This shows how the code of the society was filled by wearing green.