An outcast is the exact opposite; it is a person who is not accepted or has no place in society nor a particular group (citation).The heros in Beowulf fight to the death for their people and have great pride in their beliefs. The outcast on the other hand want to ruin the hero 's lives and have a great amount of hatred for them. The main archetypal hero in Beowulf is Beowulf himself. Beowulf is the definition of a hero. Beowulf had plenty of successful accomplishments.
Flaws by Contrast Comparisons and contrasts play a huge role in literary works, especially between characters. Not only do they show similarities and differences between various characters, but they also bring out specific qualities that make a character unique and help guide the readers towards a common conclusion. In the popular Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, the protagonist and hero, Beowulf, is emphasized for his extraordinary greatness. Throughout his story, he, as an advocate of good, encounters many opposing forces in the form of other characters. In a society where heroism and bravery are honored as essential aspects of culture, the contrasting values of these characters, or foils, help define Beowulf as the model hero.
Beowulf encounters three monsters that make him the epic hero that he is. In the beginning of the story he faces Grendel a descendant of Cain, the father of all demons. Grendel has all the characteristics of a monster, but he also shows many qualities of a human.
Although loyalty and liberality elevate a warrior’s quality throughout Beowulf, there are many absences of the two values in the poem. In the beginning, the narrator mentions the evil beast, Grendel who was kin to Cain (man who kills his own kin Abel in biblical terms) that only wreaks havoc on people and shows no signs of peace: “Suddenly then / the God-cursed brute was creating havoc: / greedy and grim, he grabbed [grabs] thirty men / from their resting places and rushed [rushes] to his lair…” (Beowulf 120-23). Here, the description of Grendel’s actions show a great example of the lack of both loyalty and liberality. At night time, the “God-cursed” monster silently sneaks up on these defenseless warriors while they sleep and takes their lives for no apparent reason.
Homer is remembered by many due to his epic poems he wrote that include The Iliad, but the one most remembered by people today is The Odyssey. An epic poem about a great hero named Odysseus coming home after a deadly journey that claimed many lives, but is Odysseus really the critically acclaimed hero Homer depicts him to be? The actions of Odysseus in the poem can be seen as heroic or valiant, but this argument crumbles under scrutiny when the actions of Odysseus are examined under a fine eye. Flaws in that argument include Odysseus failing to trust his men, exposing his men to unnecessary risks, and prolonging the nightmarish adventure he put his men through. These points are painfully obvious throughout the Odyssey and they show what poor
Beowulf is an epic poem which sings of the heroic conquests of one legendary hero. It calls its hearers to the heroic life, but holds out no false hopes for a “happily ever after,” an ending exemplified in the Odyssey, another epic poem. In opposition to it, Beowulf shows that wyrd will have its way and all must die when it is time. However although no man can defeat fate and escape death itself, personified in three monstrous enemies, Beowulf faces the physical, moral, and metaphysical evils. After those hard fought battles, Beowulf ends with accepting his victories as well as his inevitable death.
Grendel is classified as a monster due to his outsider status of being an outcast, unreligious, and dishonorable, which establishes him as the antithesis of Anglo Saxon culture. As an outcast of society, Grendel represents the idea that in Anglo Saxon culture unity and cooperation is what holds society together. In a world classified by kinship and strong family lineage, Grendel is “conceived by a pair of those monsters born of Cain, murderous creatures banished by God” (Heaney 22). In a society focused upon blood lineage and strong family ties, to be related to a “monster“ in any form is something sinful, and cause enough for complete hatred.
This statement is directed towards Othello, and is significant for many reasons. This statement directly relates to how Iago is targeting Othello’s major weakness, which is jealousy. However, this quote also adds dramatic irony to the play because Iago’s major motive throughout the tragedy is his own jealousy of Cassio. This statement also foreshadows how jealousy will ultimately be the cause of the demise of many characters throughout the
In the beginning Gilgamesh was oppressing his people and did not fit the profile of a noble ruler because he was cruel and abused his strength. His people even claimed, “His arrogance has no bounds by day or night” (Gilgamesh). Gilgamesh did not handle the tragic event of his friend’s death as well as Rama handled his banishment, but what makes Gilgamesh an epic hero is that he grew stronger and wiser from his journey. At the beginning of the journey, Gilgamesh was scared of many things being alone, losing his power, and ultimately of death because he did not think he could fulfill his life with restricted time. After his long journey and his encounter with Utnapishtum, Gilgamesh learned that all he can do is to live life to the fullest and not fear death, but instead he must embrace it as a reason to enjoy the present.
He is seen as a great leader, one who is brave, and one that the people admire and trust. However, this perception diminished when an evil monster attacks the palace, “crunching and munching of bones and flesh” filled the hallways, and King Hrothgar cowardly refuses to fight Grendel himself. Stuck in what seems to be an ever continuing rut, Hrothgar seeks help for his
Beowulf is a story of heroes, monsters, battles, and death. All four of these things play a role in the theme of this story, the theme of good versus evil. The theme of good versus evil is evident in the story but one is the victor over the other. Good prevails over evil in Beowulf, and it is evident in the fights between Beowulf and Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the dragon. Before a person can see that good prevails over evil, they must see what is evil and what is good.
Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon epic that was told by scops, or story tellers, in the 6th century. The epic is about how Beowulf, a brave hero, fights evil monsters that are harming the people of Herot. Because Beowulf was written so long ago, specifically in medieval times, he is considered a hero. Some people would disagree that he is a true hero based on the reasons why he fights. Yet, no matter what motives are behind his actions, Beowulf is still a true hero because of his constant show of courage, combativeness, and loyalty.