Supernatural Strength In Beowulf, by Seamus Heaney, Beowulf’s supernatural strength is important to an epic hero in to keep the balance between good vs evil. To begin with, evil is winning when Grendel attacks the Heorot Hall until Beowulf arrives. “ Grendel was the name of this grim demon/haunting the marches, marauding round the health/and desolate fens; he had dwelt for a time/in misery among the banished monsters/Cain’s clan, whom the Creator had outlawed and condemned as outcasts” (Heaney 102-107). Grendel is a supernatural creature who wants to be apart of the community, but since he is not able to Grendel becomes upset ,which allows evil to rise. When Beowulf comes he does not use any weapons except for his bare hands.“No weapons,
The monster kills only Esher, Hrothgar’s closest advisor and friend, and removes his body and her son’s body parts. Once the king got a hold of this knowledge they ran to Beowulf and asked him for help in finding and killing the mother of Grendel. Before his departure Unerth, “Lent him a famous weapon, a fine, / Hilted old sword named Hrunting” showing his honor he has for Beowulf as he goes to fight another monster(64). Beowulf ventures into the mother’s underwater lair to defeat Grendel's mother, the sword Unerth gives Beowulf does not function down there. Using a magical sword he finds in the giants’ hideaway Beowulf kills her with it.
Azog is a monstrous, pale orc that murders any foes, including Thorin’s grandfather and father, in his way of conquering others. Thorin bravely battles against this enemy with nothing but his weapon and a tree branch as a shield. His close friend and advisor Balin claimed that his victory against Azog showed that Thorin was truly a brave leader that could be followed. Their bravery emitted from them in their trials reflect the common qualities shown by
Gods and mortals fought a brutal war for what they thought was right and to get back at past evils. The actions inspired by vengeance and justice in Homer’s Iliad shows how detrimental the effects can be on others. The Justice seeked by warlike Menelaus causes pain and suffering to many on all sides of the war. Paris by abducting Helen hurt Menelaus’s pride, “Menelaus had in mind taking revenge on the man who’d injured him” (Homer, Iliad 3. 26-27).
“They have their heads above the ice, but cannot bend their necks.”(Aligheri pg. 261) Here, because Nero had committed treason against his country of Rome, his eternal punishment must be getting bound to a stake in a mock-like amphitheatre of Rome, in a blaze full of fire. Here, bounded by his extremities, (same way he murdered Christians) Nero’s soldiers would shoot arrows directly at his body, while lions gnaw at his dismembered carcass. He would forever live in the ultimate guilt of betraying his people, by forever being tormented in a setting where he profusely called home. Nero has become one of the most infamous men that ever lived.
It is important to note that this supernatural being is one of Cain’s clan who was banished by the Creator for killing Abel. “Cain got no good from committing that murder/Because the Almighty made him anathema/And out of the curse of this exile there sprang /Ogres and elves and evil phantoms” (Heaney 109-12). In other words, monsters are created and ostracized on behalf of Cain’s action. Grendel is destined to be an atrocious demon, similar to the caste system where people are unable to move up a caste. Furthermore, the creature can be related to the character, Ralph, from the movie Wreck-It Ralph, where they both are rejected and mistreated only for being what they are.
What is a monster? Is it a Child abuser, cancer, or maybe even drugs? Monsters can be anything from something Internal to people or beings for example monsters like Grendel and the dragon from the great epic poem Beowulf. One of the biggest modern day monster to a lot of people whether they are involved or not is drugs. Like Grendel from from Beowulf drugs can physically hurt people, but they also can cause an internal conflict, conflict like the fear and lament; that Grendel caused the kingdom of Herot.
This is something that no one can escape from, it’s how the circle of life works. We all know what happens to a hero when they fight a very dangerous and powerful opponent, they die and sometimes their opponent dies with them. Course, many can’t defeat these more dangerous monsters alone, sometimes they have to have help and in the end conquer. On the poem Beowulf, Beowulf goes after the dragon, but ends up needing help, but even with the help of a mighty brave soldier, Beowulf dies and leaves kingship to the brave soldier. The Dragon, represents death because he was able to severely injure Beowulf, which leads to his death in the end after Beowulf and a brave soldier were able to kill the Dragon.
Which gives the readers general idea about the story is leading to conflict. As he killed those men he is “delighted with his night’s slaughter”(40-41). Grendel, had killed Danish people to fulfill a blood lust and a deep hatred because in his situation he was alone. However, Beowulf had to lead his geats to fight with Grendel in cruel way, they were ready to take blood for blood. Grendel’s first action had lead the poem to the most important part of the story which is the
The first fight is between Beowulf and Grendel i believe this fight represents vengeance because Grendel is avenging his curse by God to live as a demon for killing his brother Abel. God took revenge on Cain, Grendel took revenge on the people of Heorot, and Beowulf avenged the people of Heorot by defeating Grendel. This revenge and avenging continues with the fight with Grendel’s
Macduff: Look at me now; I’m here to punish your evil soul with death. Macbeth: You! The only men in the world that I have avoided, and which family found the end of their lives though my sword! Go fight the wind or the sunlight, it would be as the same thing as fighting me. Macduff: The evil shadows that gave you your powers