Athena seeking revenge approaches Hector with the guise of Deiphobus, Hector’s brother, while Hector was being hunted down by Achilles, “‘Now, let’s go straight for him. Let’s fight and not hold back our spears, so we can see if Achilles kills us both, then takes the bloodstained trophies to the ships, or whether you’ll destroy him on your spear’” (Homer, Iliad 22. 301-305). This action was brought on by revenge in divine
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein becomes obsessed with the need for revenge on his monster. The demon that Victor creates kills Elizabeth, one of his many victims that are close to Victor’s heart, and this sets Victor over the psychological edge. Victor gets consumed with a burning sensation and hatred for the monster: “I was possessed by a maddened rage when I thought of him, and desired and ardently prayed that I might have him within my grasp to wreak a great and signal revenge on his cursed head” (Shelley 147). This heated quote shows the intense hatred Victor has for his creation. He actually prays for the opportunity to get his hands on the monster so he can kill him himself.
Victor and his wife just got married and on the night of their marriage the creature killed her. The creature gains full power over Victor by affecting his family and friends, the monster knows that if he hurts them he hurts Victor. The thing that the creature did that hurt Victor the most was killing Victor's new wife, this drove Victor into an intense amount of dread and self hatred. The thing that he created killed all of his family, and Victor himself runs from the creature to save himself. When Victor runs from the creature he runs to another town, but the creature follows him there.
(Aligheri p.92) In The Inferno, Dante sees the wrongdoers immersed in boiling blood forever, patrolled by Centaurs. Here, because Nero murdered many romans and even his mother, his punishment is being repeatedly thrown off a cliff of doom into an abyss full of swords and knives. As the swords and knives are thrusted upon his flesh, fishing hooks grasp onto his eyelids were he is risen to the cliff again for it to start all over. Being in that Roman era, Nero was fully aware that the killing of his mother would come back to haunt him.
The Mosaic code, “an eye for an eye” has been depicted to perfection in this tale. Moral vengeance, the need to quench the thirst for revenge is what drives Grendel’s mother to fight. She only takes one life and then runs for her life from the hallways. There are the slight perverse twists of events, Beowulf bursts into her home, and she is waiting for him with a warm embrace. Now Beowulf is consumed with self-doubt and most of his men give up on his cause too.
Macbeth’s fate is in the hands of Macduff either he will rise or fall. Macbeth suffers from the decisions that he makes. For example, when Malcolm and Macduff come back to battle him. Macduff says
From beginning to end, the idea of isolation and its dangers are constantly repeated as seen through the monster. The effects of being rejected from society mirror what we see in the real world as shown by Elliot Rodger, the perpetrator of the Isla Vista Massacre. Rodger’s main motives for his attack were social and sexual rejection which is the same as the monster in Frankenstein. As stated in his “vlogs” Elliot Rodger was rejected from relationships and had the inability to communicate with women. He envied everyone he saw who was capable of interacting with others and being sociable.
The monsters all had a main overall purpose that influenced their actions. Grendel was distracted from the noise and corruption in the hall which caused the uprising of his attacks. After Grendel's death, his mother "brooded on her loss, and misery had brewed in her heart" (Beowulf 19.1259). Grendel's mother did not start to fight off the Danes just because she was evil, but rather because she sought revenge for the death of her son. The Dragon was also on the hunt for retribution.
However, we now know the misdeeds that Victor has done to the monster. His lack of mentorship of the monster is truly what defines the monster's evil. Not only is Victor cruel to the monster, but we have also discussed how frequently he neglected his family. He was so consumed by his obsession with creating, fearing, and subduing the monster, that he often overlooked what was really important to
Then you see our second conflicts were She and Beowulf are clearly attracted to one another. Unferth gives him his own familial sword. Beowulf goes to the cavern to kill Grendel 's mother. He uses the Dragon Horn to light his way. But, taking the form of a naked, beautiful woman, she seduces him with promises of power.
In Beowulf, the dragon represents uncontrollable and sinful greed and anger. Angry that a man had stolen just one goblet from his vast treasure hoard, the dragon leaves his cave to burn and destroy the homes and property of innocent humans (Beowulf 2293–2325). While the dragon is obviously more powerful than the other powerful kings in the epic, the dragon’s power is considered dark and unholy because of the dragon’s materialism. The dragon’s willingness to destroy human life because of his misdirected anger also mirrors the Christian sins of wrath and pride, as the dragon prioritizes his life and material belongings before the rights of others. Again, this is contrary to the other kings in the epic, notably to King Hrothgar who genuinely cared and worried for the welfare of his people (147-149).
I am full of fears; for if I fail there I am an outcast in the world forever” (Shelley 93). The monster longs for a friend and fears the rejection of the people in the world. The creature is denied a companion from his creator. Also the monster is isolated from the world after being denied friendship from the Delacey’s
Grendel was a being sung about in the songs of the shaper, who twisted tales to fit his own means. In the song Grendel was made out to be a wretched monster, without intellect, who only sought to kill. This wasn’t the case entirely. Grendel was determined to enter society, to be a part of their gatherings, instead at every turn he was chased away, cursed, and attacked. He was only a monster to those in the mead hall, a beast who could never be a part of them.