Being seen as the wise king who sought to keep his people safe with power and knowledge for years, was turned into a soft, easily defeated, push around character in the modern day film. Years ago people were less complex; quick to do as they please while keeping their dignity strong. The differences between the two versions of the classic story of the hero Beowulf and the villain Grendel both have reason for their setup. The cultural values of today differ than from how they were years before. People today value pathos in characters, request heros who relate to pressure similar to themselves, and seek reasons for mistakes.
It is then after all, easier to follow the path of hypocrisy rather than to stand by the words once said. It requires a certain type of bravery to never retreat what we once said, this is a characteristic that is seen throughout the greatest leaders of history. Take for example Martin Luther King Jr. a man who no matter what supported nothing but his thoughts until the day that he died, this isn’t a trait seen in insecure and fragile kind it is only belongs in the persona of someone who has no fear to express their thought and are secure about such thinking. Huxley mocks the lack of this trait when portraying Bernard and shows the opposite when describing John. As we have deducted these two are two completely different people, while the kid stands by his message to society not paying attention to the possible consequences, Marx will do say whatever he can to please the others, a perfect example of this contrast is when the savage is arguing with Mustapha Mond about freedom not caring of the problems that could follow while Bernard is stating everything possible so that he doesn’t get in trouble the author shows this character’s weakness by writing “You can’t send me.
In many ways, John Proctor is seen as a ‘tragic hero’, he is portrayed as a man with definite great values which he has flawed. Proctor isn’t initially seen as truly moral character, his adultery and redundancy to completely dismiss his religious beliefs and rites prove otherwise. His beliefs are dismissed due to the immortality Abigail displays in her characterisation that effectively rubs off on him. John chooses to be immoral, but he himself knows the difference between right and wrong, and his conscious still plays a big role in the decisions he makes, unlike with Abigail. Throughout his characterisation, John Proctor is seen as a man of integrity, despite his immoral actions.
What makes him heroic is that he is willing to show his true potential even at the risk of punishment, or even death. His courage is an immense contrast to his father, who only suffers his handicap, showing that people need to live up to their potential and be brave to change the world. Looking away and adapting to wrong actions is not acceptable. In Contrast Harrison storms in saying he is “the emperor, (…) the greatest ruler who has ever lived” and “everybody must do what (he says)”, he sounds power-mad, perhaps even insane. Vonnegut says that individuals need to fight only to make his hero a power-hungry godlike creature, being both an unreachable ideal and unreliable threat.
All through the book Huck learns and figures out what his morals are. Trilling states in his article that Huck is comfortable with telling lies and never tells the same one twice. This is significant because it shows the readers that huck doesn’t have exactly full morals that he strictly believes. It shows readers how Huck is still in process of finding what his morals are. By not telling the same lie and being comfortable with it, it shows that he is naive in the sense not figuring out that it’s morally wrong and Huck is going to a struggle to find what’s exactly is morally ‘right’.
In the novel, Grant’s selflessness reveals itself unconditionally. He puts all his desires aside to help Jefferson become a man. His goal requires him to set aside his plans and other goals to benefit someone else. Grant does not believe that he is heroic or selfless, which can be seen when he tells Jefferson “A hero is someone who does something for other people.” (191), nevertheless, he contradicts himself by alleviating Jefferson’s bleak future, doing this requires him to abstain from being inconsiderate. Without being as magnanimous as he is, Grant could not have helped Jefferson as he
Huck knows he must not tell the truth, again to help his friend escape slavery. Another situation is when Huck and Jim first meet the duke and king; Huck soon realizes that they are actually con men. However, he keeps this truth from Jim because he feels that it would be useless to tell him (Twain 99). Huck knows if he tells Jim the truth, unnecessary conflicts could occur. Huck’s lying is justified because he has to in order to protect his friend.
He questions why the United States, a great democracy and Roosevelt, a man with a good heart did not help the refugees. He does not understand why “the greatest democracy, the most generous of all new nations in modern history” was so indifferent to those in pain. This serves as his confirmatio. It proves his case of ignoring those in need of help and not willing to help because it is easier to “avoid such rude interruptions to our work, our dreams, our hopes”. At the same time, he feels hopeful for the future because of “the joint decision of the United States and NATO to intervene in Kosovo and save those victims”.
Lastly he want to be a good example to the society showing future generation about equality in the society.Therefore, Harrison is hero to his society because, he stood against knowledge and ignorance. For Instance, in countless ways harrison impervious to restriction to society place on him. In Vonnegut’s reading ,“ Harrison’s scrap-iron handicaps crashed to the floor”(page5). The author mention this to his audience because He tried to inform the society that they have been wearing handicap for unequal.in addition, he try to protect the rights and justices of the society, and he was able to set himself for freedom. He accepted the society he detested.
He gets carried away with his powers and believes that following his laws is the only way to maintain a unity and peace. Also, the kingdom is in a condition where a strong leader is necessary to lead them out of misfortunes. If Creon changes his mind immediately and does not stick to his original rules, the citizens will see him as a weak and vulnerable ruler, which does not match with his expected reputation. However, after realizing that he was being selfish and finding out that his actions can hurt his family, Creon considers opinions of others and tries to free Antigone. “And the guilt is all mine—/can never be fixed on another man, /no escape for me.
Beowulf is a good ruler for his people. He will fight for them even when they aren’t with him. I believe he’s a good fit for modern times because we need a good ruler like him now-a-days. Someone who is not selfish and not afraid to do something that’s terrifying. Beowulf states, “That I, alone and with the help of my men, May purge all evil from this hall” (“from Beowulf” ln.
Huck, being in such a situation, doesn 't seem to have faith. He only looks at the world with a practical view. Perhaps Huckleberry Finn was so reckless because of the influence of his Father. Although, Huck does not seem to have abusive manners, but growing up without direction can lead to recklessness. In the Novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, that his Father 's abusive tendencies don 't seem to baffle him.